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Aquarium In Coney Island Welcomes New Black-footed Penguin

Aquarium In Coney Island Welcomes New Black-footed Penguin

Baby Black-footed Penguin | Photo via Julie Larsen Maher – WCS/ Eagle

The Coney Island Wildlife Conservation at the New York Aquarium has added a new member to their animal family— a Sphenicus demersus ‘aka’ a black-footed penguin.

This rare animal is also known as African penguins are designated as endangered by the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUNC.) The hatching of this little chick is the result of successful breeding that is needed to keep this species alive.

The Black-footed penguin includes 22 other species of birds including the baby chick that just hatched. This particular type of bird is native to the southern part of Africa and spend their time in the outdoor portion of the Aquarium and stay there all year long; African penguins adapt to all different temperatures.

African penguins adapt to all different temperatures. Click To Tweet

The baby chick was welcomed back in November to father Dassen and mother Boulder. The chick was born with a downy plumage that stays with them for the first couple of months until they get their first sprout of feathers.

Adult penguins equally take part in the incubation period of the egg and the overall growth of the chick. Young chicks start off eating regurgitated food from their parents, they then begin to eat smaller fish as they get older.

The New York Aquarium are able to reproduce these black-footed penguins through the Species Survival Plan (SSP), a program designed to increased the genetic life and animal stability of the zoo population administered by the Association of Zoos and Aquariums.

The African penguins are one of the 10 species that are a part of a new effort by the AZA called SAFE: Saving Animals From Extinction. SAFE provides the zoo staff and their visitors with the resources necessary to prevent animal extinctions to help preserve them for the next generation to come.

Aquarium In Coney Island Welcomes New Black-footed Penguin

The Wildlife Conservation NY Seascape Program aims to protect NY's marine life. Click To Tweet

On a local level, the Wildlife Conservation NY Seascape Program aims to protect NY’s marine life and the environment they live in, which a huge important part of the culture and economic makeup of the area.

Currently, the newborn is not on exhibit in efforts to get him acclimated with his new environment as well as his parents.  He is expected to make his debut to the public in the near future.

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