So, some introductions are in order. Here are the newest additions to the penguin colony.
|Fox is the newest little blue penguin.|
|Fox at 17 days old|
We gave her the name Fox because foxes are an introduced predator to little blues and can be detrimental to their populations. The population of little blues on Middle Island in Australia was over 600 birds in the year 2000, by 2005 it was down to only 10 and this was largely due to predation from foxes that made it to the island. They have since solved the fox problem and the numbers are growing again.
|Albatross before his/her debut on exhibit|
Albatross is an African penguin who wears a pink and white bracelet on the left wing (pending DNA results, males wear bracelets on the left). He was born on May 11, 2015. His parents are Seneca and Isis. (Meet some of Albatross's siblings!)
|Albatross at 41 days old, see the white markings?|
|Unombombiya on exhibit|
Unombombiya is an African penguin who wears a yellow and black bracelet on his left wing (pending DNA results). He was born on May 7, 2015. His parents are Mercury and Saldanha. Unombombiya is the Xhosa, a tribe in South Africa, word for “penguin.”
|Pilchard on exhibit|
Pilchard the African penguin is wearing a red and blue bracelet on her right wing (pending DNA results, females wear the bracelet on the right). She was born on May 13, 2015. Her parents are also Mercury and Saldahna.
|Unombombiya and Pilchard behind the scenes as chicks|
Pilchard is a type of fish African penguins feed on. Recent declines in the pilchard population is one of the factors that have caused the African penguin population to decline making them endangered.
The African penguin chicks still sport their juvenile plumage. All have been on exhibit for a couple weeks now and are doing quite well. Come visit the new African and little blue penguins at Aquarium soon and get to know these newest members of our colony!