Pfeiffer the African penguin chick sits in a small gray bucket on a digital scale as they get weighed. Their little black beak is resting on the edge of the bowl and its charcoal-gray feathers are floofed up  around them.

And the pengwinning name is…


Thanks to thousands of you who voted on a name for our new penguin chick!

Pfeiffer is currently behind the scenes receiving egg-cellent care from parents Walvis and Boulders and our un-bird-lievable aviculture staff. Once this curious chick molts into their waterproof juvenile plumage, they’ll be ready to join the rest of the African penguin colony back on exhibit!   

Pfeiffer hatched on March 24 as part of a Species Survival Plan for this critically endangered species. Working together with AZA-accredited zoos and aquariums, we can ensure that the population of African penguins across North America is healthy and diverse, and support recovery efforts in South Africa and Namibia.

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