African Penguin Chick Hatched at Lincoln Park Zoo | Chicago Tonight

An African penguin chick hatched Feb. 10 at Lincoln Park Zoo, pictured here at 21 days old. (Courtesy Lincoln Park Zoo)

Lincoln Park Zoo recently welcomed a newborn baby bird – the first African penguin chick hatched and reared at the zoo’s relatively new penguin habitat.

The chick, which hatched Feb. 10 after a 38-day incubation period, is currently behind the scenes preparing to join the penguin colony at the Robert and Mayari Pritzker Penguin Cove. The 3,350-square-foot, $7 million space opened in 2016 and offers the zoo’s 16 African penguins a 20,500-gallon pool, a sandy beach for digging and other features simulating their natural habitat.

The chick’s birth is part of the African Penguin Species Survival Plan, a collaborative population management effort among zoos and aquariums…

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