Penguins In Duck Country

The Penguin Post has learned that three penguin chicks at the Oregon Zoo have emerged from their nests and are now exploring their surroundings. The Humboldt penguin chicks hatched in March, and Humboldt chicks usually fledge at about 3 months old.

The chicks — named Aqua, Xolas and Olle — are almost as tall as the adult birds, but are still gray and lack the classic tuxedo penguin pattern.  But fear not, they’ll grow into that outfit in a couple of years.  Wild Humboldt penguins live along the coast of Peru and Chile. The birds are classified as “vulnerable” by the International Union for Conservation of Nature, according to a release from the zoo, and were granted protection in 2010 under the United States Endangered Species Act.

If you’re in the neighborhood, Oregon Zoo visitors can see the young birds  and all the other penguins waddling around and swimming in the zoo’s penguinarium.

A Humboldt penguin chick explores the Oregon Zoo Penguinarium

A Humboldt penguin chick explores the Oregon Zoo Penguinarium

 

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