January 20, 2016
Happy Penguin Awareness Day! Today, we’re excited to announce the arrival of this year’s first-born African penguin chick, making it the 25th chick successfully hatched here at Georgia Aquarium as part of our participation in the American Zoo and Aquarium Association’s (AZA) Species Survival Plan (SSP)!
This adorable and fluffy 11-day-old chick hatched Jan. 9 and is the newest addition to our African penguin colony in our Cold Water Quest gallery presented by Georgia-Pacific. The chick weighed 74 grams when first hatched, but at its most recent weigh-in, the chick was up to more than 340 grams. Needless to say, this little penguin chick is growing well, but still has plenty of important milestones ahead!