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Gentoo Penguin


Welcome our new macaroni penguins!

In early November, we received macaroni penguin eggs from SeaWorld San Diego and incubated them until they began hatching on November 18. Zookeepers hand-raised them behind the scenes until now, when they were big enough to go on exhibit. The monumental challenge of raising eight hungry penguin chicks includes up to six feedings daily of a herring, krill, and vitamin “smoothie.” Their dedicated zookeeper “mothers” have picked adorable names for the three male and five female chicks. Forgive us for being cheesy, but we would love for you to meet Gouda, Parmesan (nicknamed Lil Parm,) Colby Jack, Feta, Gorgonzola, Fontina, Havarti, and Ricotta.


About the Exhibit

Helzberg Penguin Plaza opened its doors in October 2013 and became home to several king penguins but until this winter, those penguins had not formed love connections. In late November, our first king penguin egg was laid and parents Jilly and Dwayne kept dutiful watch over it. For king penguins, that required them to hold the delicate egg on their feet to keep it warm, taking turns doing so for the 53-day incubation period. On Sunday, their chick was ready to hatch.