African Penguin Chick Arrives | Lincoln Park Zoo


What’s black and white and almost ready to join the cozy colony at Lincoln Park Zoo’s Robert and Mayari Pritzker Penguin Cove? The first-ever endangered African penguin chick hatched and reared at the immersive penguin exhibit, which debuted in fall 2016.

After a 38-day incubation period, the chick hatched February 10 as a part of the African Penguin Species Survival Plan® (SSP), a collaborative population management effort among institutions within the Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA). Veterinary staff deemed the chick healthy after a wellness exam. During the exam, veterinary staff also drew blood to determine the chick’s sex after lab analysis.

The chick is the offspring of pair Robben (female) and Preston (male). According to Hope B. McCormick Curator of Birds Sunny Nelson,…

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