It happens every year for people and penguins alike. Spring arrives, the weather gets warmer, and hormones start pumping. It’s penguin breeding season and we’re taking you to the Shedd Aquarium in Chicago for a sneak peak as to what penguin mating season is like. Just like their penguin (and people) cousins in the wild these males have to woo their ladies with just the right rock.
Yeah, that’s right penguin dudes. If you like your lady. Really like your lady, then you need to show her with a special rock before anything happens. No wonder we like penguins. When we male humans love someone, we also get all dressed up and present our lady love with a special rock (although our rock is a bit more expensive). Just like humans, once the rock is accepted, it’s time to get started and build the nest. During nesting season, male Rockhopper and Magellanic penguins at the Shedd launch into an all consuming frenzy in search of the perfect rocks and sticks to build their nests. To begin the annual mating ritual, Shedd’s penguin care experts place dozens of small,
smooth river rocks in the penguin habitat for the animals to create the perfect nest. The week-long war of the rocks will culminate with numerous nests throughout Shedd’s popular penguin exhibit and it even involves some penguin on penguin rock pilfering, as the fella’s can get ruthless, coveting and stealing other penguins rocks to make their nests the best. Eventually, it all evens out and everyone has a fine nest, although some may be finer than others (just like us). Once the nests are completed, it’s time to lay the eggs and wait.