Very Cute Gentoo Penguin Chicks in Edinburgh

The Penguin Post has learned that a number of adorable Gentoo penguin chicks have hatched at Edinburgh Zoo, after a successful breeding season. In all sixteen chicks were born, with the first hatching on May 4.


Gentoo penguins are mostly found on a number of sub-Antarctic islands, including the Falkland Islands, South Georgia and the Kerguelen Islands. Smaller colonies are known to live on Macquarie Island, the Heard Islands, South Shetland Islands and the Antarctic Peninsula.


The penguins form breeding colonies each year, with each couple making a nest out of stones, grass and moss. Female Gentoo penguins will tend to lay up to two eggs, which both the male and female will incubate for between 30 – 40 days. The Gentoo chicks fledge around 85 – 117 days after hatching, but continue to be fed by their parents for another four weeks. Edinburgh Zoo is currently home to more than 70 Gentoo penguins, and are described by their keepers as ‘active and curious’, with ‘exuberant personalities’.  We agree 100%!



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