Posts Tagged ‘Shedd Aquarium’

It’s A Rockin Hopper Boy

September 11, 2015

The Penguin Post has learned that the gender of the Shedd Aquarium’s newest addition, a baby rockhopper penguin that hatched in June, has been determined and it’s a…boy.Rockhopper-Penguin-Chick_2-300x200

Animal care staff at the Shedd confirmed that Chick No. 23, as he is still known, is a male through a genetic test conducted during a recent check-up, according to a statement from the aqaurium, since there are no observable sex differences in rockhopper penguins.

The chick hatched June 9, and has already nearly reached his full adult height of about 18 inches, according to the aquarium staff. He currently weighs about 4.5 pounds, up from 2 ounces when he hatched.

The penguin chick has been exploring his habitat on his own, learning to swim by himself, and accepting food from trainers after being fully weaned from his parents, and now that his gender has been determined he should be named soon (as chick #23 is not really a cool name).

Rockhopper penguins are considered a vulnerable species. The Shedd is currently home to more than 30 and has been part of a breeding program since 1991.

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Brand New Rockhopper In Chicago

June 27, 2015

The Penguin Post has learned that a newly hatched Rockhopper penguin chick is now on exhibit at Chicago’s Shedd Aquarium.

Chicago's Shedd Aquarium welcomes their new Rockhopper penguin born on June 9th.

Chicago’s Shedd Aquarium welcomes their new Rockhopper penguin born on June 9th.

The aquarium announced that the Rockhopper chick hatched on June 9, when it weighed about 2 ounces, and has been behind the scenes for the past couple of weeks.  Aquarium officials report the chick is growing steadily and has soft down-like plumage. Its parents, Edward and Annie, both take a role in feedings.

The aquarium’s penguin experts have been closely monitoring the hatchling, but they don’t yet know whether it’s male or female. Within the next few months the chick will begin moving around on its own. Aquarium officials say it’s difficult to spot, but is on view.  So far a name has not been chosen.

Spring and Penguin Romance Is In The Air

March 28, 2012

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.

Checking out nest building materials

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,

Choosing that special rock

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.

Spring is here and love is in the air