Brand New Humboldt Penguin Waddling In Ohio

The Penguin Post has learned that an endangered South American Humboldt penguin hatched at the Akron Zoo on February 12, 2015 and is now on exhibit. The male chick has been named Anadeo, which means “waddle” in Spanish. The chick has been inside its burrow since hatching but staff has been bringing him onto exhibit to introduce him to his new surroundings and it is expected Anadeo will be spending more time on exhibit now.

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With Anadeo’s birth, the zoo is now home to 16 Humboldt penguins. Anadeo is the 14th chick born at the zoo since Penguin Point opened in 2003. At birth Anadeo weighed under one pound; currently he weighs about 7 pounds and is 14” tall.

Humboldt penguins are warm climate penguins, unlike their Antarctic relatives. They are commonly found in temperate coastal regions of Peru and Chile. Humboldt penguins are endangered primarily due to commercial harvesting of guano for agricultural fertilizer. Without nesting locations, Humboldt penguins are in jeopardy of extinction. Some estimates indicate the possibility of extinction in the wild in the next 10 years.

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