New Baby Penguin Born at the Honolulu Zoo

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She is the first chick born to a new African penguin couple. Here is more about endangered species.
Honolulu Zoo Zoo Penguin Chick Biscuit Pictures of the city and county of Honolulu
African chick penguin biscuits (right and back) with Mother Barbara. Photo Source: City and County of Honolulu

aTake a trip to the Honolulu Zoo to your winter vacation to-do list. On November 15, parents Barbara and Max, two African penguins, hatched a chick. Don’t wait too long to see it in the African savannah, because baby biscuits are growing fast.

“When it hatched, the staff described the chick as the size of a cookie, and soon it had grown to the size of a pineapple!” says Linda Santos, director of the Honolulu Zoo.


Barbara and Max’s parents are a new married couple. Barbara was one of four female African penguins that came from San Diego and Minnesota in July, as part of the Association of Zoos and Aquariums’ species survival plan. Barbara bonded with a male already in the zoo, Max, and laid an egg that was incubated for 40 days before the baby hatched. We won’t know if the biscuit is male or female for a little longer.

Honolulu Zoo Zoo Penguin Chick Biscuit 2 Pictures of the city and county of Honolulu

Photo Source: City and County Honolulu

Here’s more about the endangered African penguin from the San Diego Zoo and Mystic Aquarium

  • Scientific Name: Speniscus demersus
  • African penguins don’t need freezing temperatures, but their thick, water-resistant plumage still keeps them dry and warm in cold water.
  • The dots and dots on them are unique to each penguin and are as distinct as human fingerprints.
  • Birds have a patch of bare skin above each eye so that when they heat up, the spots become more pink as blood flows into that area to cool off the body.
  • African penguins are one of the smallest species of penguin.
  • They are monogamous.
  • Parents feed their chicks and keep them warm for 30 days. Then, the chicks are left with the other chicks, congregating in “brooding groups” for short periods of time while the parents search for food.
  • Youngsters acquire their waterproof plumage at about three months. They leave the colony about four months after hatching.
  • Many of the zoos and aquariums we looked at say they use blood tests to detect the sex of chicks.
  • Penguins are also known as black-legged penguins or penguins because of their braying sounds they use for three reasons: bray, to attract a mate; screaming to ward off others from his territory; and haw, which is used so friends can find each other.
  • They eat small fish and swallow them whole, including sardines and anchovies.
  • They can swim at speeds of up to 15 miles per hour.
  • At the beginning of the 20th century, there were millions of African penguins around the world. Habitat loss, coastal development and overfishing have reduced numbers to only about 42,000.

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