Penguin Chicks Break Record

2013-11-18

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

November 18, 2013
Contact:  Katie Smith
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ksmith@auduboninstitute.org

Check Out The New Chicks on the Block!
 Three Endangered Penguin Chicks Break Records at
Audubon Aquarium of the Americas 
Opal, Humpty,and Dumpty Now on Exhibit

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(New Orleans, La.) – Audubon Aquarium of the Americas is thrilled to announce the hatching of three endangered African Blackfooted penguin chicks - making a record of eleven chicks hatched at the Aquarium in one year. The population boom is a testament to the success of the Audubon Penguin Breeding Program. Hatched in late August, the chicks are growing quickly and have permanently joined the penguin colony on exhibit. 

The Audubon Aquarium Animal Husbandry staff have affectionately named the chicks Opal (male), Humpty (female) and Dumpty (female). Opal and Dumpty are brother and sister (same clutch of eggs from penguins Lola and Augustus) and Snake and Quatloo are the proud parents of Humpty. 

“2013 has been a banner year for penguin hatchings at Audubon Aquarium of the Americas,” said Audubon Nature Institute President and CEO Ron Forman. “These hatchings are an inspirational example of the significant difference we can make for wildlife through collaboration, expertise and patience. We hope everyone in the New Orleans area will join us in celebrating the arrival of these new chicks.”

 

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