Monday, August 1, 2016

First ever little penguin chick hatched at WCS’s Bronx Zoo makes public debut


Photo courtesy of Julie Larsen Maher © WCS
The colony of little penguins (Eudyptula minor) that debuted in 2015 as a new species at Wildlife Conservation Society’s Bronx Zoo has successfully produced a chick that is now on exhibit with the rest of the colony.
 
The chick hatched May 10, 2016. This is the first time this species has bred at the Bronx Zoo in its 120-plus year history. 

Named for their small size and characteristic bluish hue, little penguins are also known as blue penguins, little blue penguins, and fairy penguins. Adults are only about 13 inches tall and weigh 2 to 3 pounds. They are the smallest of the 18 penguin species and native to coastal southern Australia and New Zealand.

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