Zoo Hatches First Penguin Chick
November 21, 2012
LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (November 21, 2012)
– The Little Rock Zoo is proud to
announce the hatching of its first penguin chick on October 30, 2012.
Penguin parents Skipper and
Easy are taking good care of the chick, according to Zoo staff, who says both
parents are helping to keep the chick warm and feed it regurgitated fish.
The chick will be off
exhibit until it is weaned when it is around 70 days old or if the parents
allow it to wonder out of the nest box.
Zoo staff say the chick is
growing fast and is of normal weight for its age. On the second day after the chick hatched it
weighed in at only 54 grams. As of
yesterday, only three weeks later, the chick now weighs 943 grams. The chick will continue to gain weight until
it is full grown at around 3.4 kilograms.
The chick is healthy and
eating well according to Zoo staff who regularly monitor the chick and its
The sex of the chick has yet
to be determined and the chick has yet to be named.
The hatching of this chick
was at the recommendation of the Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA)
Species Survival Plan (SSP) for the African penguin to ensure the long-term
survival of endangered and threatened animals.
Rock Zoo is accredited by the Association of Zoos and
Aquariums (AZA). Look for the AZA logo
whenever you visit a zoo or aquarium as your assurance that you are supporting
a facility dedicated to providing excellent care for animals, a great
experience for you and a better future for all living things. With its more than 200 accredited members,
AZA is a leader in global wildlife conservation and your link to helping
animals in their native habitats. For
more information, visit www.aza.org.