We’re excited to announce that our tufted puffin colony and our un-beak-lievable aviculture team have been raising our first-ever tufted puffin chick!
Our aviculture and veterinary teams have been monitoring the little lady’s progress since the egg was laid on June 6th. Since it hatched on July 19th, we’ve seen this cute black puffling grow from a mere 61 grams to 483 grams as of today!
We were able to keep an eye on the chick behind the scenes while her parents reared her in their nest in our seabird exhibit thanks to specially-designed tunnels that mimic the deep burrows that puffin parents dig for their families in the wild. Now she’s fully behind the scenes with our aviculture team for a short time, practicing her swimming and eating skills until she has fully fledged and can join the rest of her colony on exhibit sometime within the next few weeks.
This is the first time we have attempted to rear tufted puffins at the aquarium. The birds in our colony are part of a Species Survival Plan (SSP), a program managed by the Association of Zoos and Aquariums that oversees the health and breeding of over 180 tufted puffins at 14 different facilities.
Please join us in sea-lebrating the puffling and sending well-wishes to the colony and to the dedicated team caring for all of our birds! 🖤🤍
Learn more about our little puffling’s story on our website!