It’s a very special penguin chick update for Penguin Awareness Day! Our two newest—and floppiest—African penguins, Tule (pictured here) and Piper, are doing great behind the scenes and are just starting to explore the world around them.
According to Aviculturist Kim, they weigh about 4.5 pounds each (that’s almost adult-sized!) and are starting to lose the down feathers on their wings, head and chest, transitioning from their epic fluff ball stage, to dapper full-feathered plumage.
Tule and Piper hatched here as part of our collaboration with The Association of Zoos and Aquariums’ Species Survival Plan to recover these endangered South African birds. Learn more about this penguimportant work.