We interrupt your regularly scheduled week of crustacean sensations with a very shrimportant announcement:
The peng-winning name for our newest chick is…Tule!
It was a close vote, but we think the name fits perfectly! Pronounced TOO-lee, her name comes from the large bulrush, or water plant, that was used by Ohlone Peoples to thatch their homes and for their tule balsas (rafts). Our other new penguin chick was named Piper by our aviculture volunteers, after the sandpiper birds seen frequently on local beaches!
Thank you all for voting! Tule and Piper will be moving behind the scenes this week with their penguin parents to learn how to swim, but you’ll be able to see them waddling with our African penguin colony in a few months!