Nov 19, 2013 12:01 PM by katc
Three endangered African Blackfooted penguin chicks have hatched at the Audubon Aquarium of the Americas in New Orleans. This event makes a record of eleven chicks hatched at the Aquarium in one year. Zoo officials say the population boom is a testament to the success of the Audubon Penguin Breeding Program. Hatched in late August, the chicks are growing quickly and have permanently joined the penguin colony on exhibit.
The Audubon Aquarium Animal Husbandry staff have affectionately named the chicks Opal (male), Humpty (female) and Dumpty (female). Opal and Dumpty are brother and sister (same clutch of eggs from penguins Lola and Augustus) and Snake and Quatloo are the proud parents of Humpty.
"2013 has been a banner year for penguin hatchings at Audubon Aquarium of the Americas," said Audubon Nature Institute President and CEO Ron Forman. "These hatchings are an inspirational example of the significant difference we can make for wildlife through collaboration, expertise and patience. We hope everyone in the New Orleans area will join us in celebrating the arrival of these new chicks."
Visitors to the Aquarium can view the newest additions to the Audubon family at the penguin exhibit and out-of-town penguin enthusiasts can view the penguin chicks and their parents on the Penguin Cam at Animal Planet L!VE.