Calgary, AB – The Calgary Zoo is excited to announce the hatching of its first Humboldt penguin chick. The newest member of the zoo’s penguin colony arrived on June 26, 2015. First time parents, Reina and Javier, have been diligently caring for the male chick and he is thriving in his new habitat.
“This hatch is a significant boost for our captive Humboldt population,” says Dr. Malu Celli, Curator, Calgary Zoo. “When these kinds of births occur it assures us we are getting one step closer to helping save important species.”
Humboldt penguins are listed as vulnerable according the International Union For Conservation of Nature (IUCN) Red List and are part of the zoo’s Species Survival Plan (SSP) animals. SSPs help to ensure genetic diversity within captive populations and can help to safeguard species from becoming extinct.
About Humboldt Penguins
Native to Chile and Peru, these small penguins might not have to deal with the freezing cold of Antarctica, but they have problems of their own. The zoo is helping local conservation groups teach fisherman how they can fish without hurting penguins. They also show local people how they can help protect the coastline where penguins live and make their nests.
Source Calgary Zoo