Home for the Holidays: Five Penguins Join Birch Aquarium Colony

Just in time for the holidays, five new penguins made their little blue debut at Birch Aquarium this month! Two of the penguins, Nugget and Meatloaf, arrived from Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Garden, while the other three hail from Adventure Aquarium in New Jersey.

Birch Aquarium Colony presents Little Blue Penguins

Adding Diversity to the Birch Aquarium Colony

“These new penguins are such an important addition to Birch Aquarium colony, especially the females!” said Kayla Strate, Birch Aquarium’s Assistant Curator of Birds. This move is part of a collaborative breeding program to increase genetic diversity and ensure overall colony health within accredited zoos and aquariums. The aquarium hopes these matchmaking efforts will bring a new generation of little blues in the future.

Little blue penguins join Birch Aquarium Colony

“Cooperative breeding programs are so important because, should wild populations ever come under imminent threat, we have the knowledge and tools to step in and make a difference,” continued Strate.

These new arrivals can be identified by their colorful wing bands—Nugget and Meatloaf are sporting pink/ white and purple/ red bands, respectively, and the others (which will be named in the future) have yellow/ blue, yellow/ yellow, and purple/ blue bands.

Little Blue Penguins: A Delightful Addition to Birch Aquarium

You can find these penguins waddling about their habitat in Beyster Family Little Blue Penguins. The best time to view them is during Penguin Feedings, which are offered daily at 10 AM, or during Penguin 101 Talks at 3 PM. Double-check the Daily Schedule on the aquarium’s website for a complete schedule.

See you there!

General Admission tickets are $24.95 for adults and $19.95 for children ages three to 17. Advanced reservations are required. Annual memberships are also available. Visit here for more information or to purchase tickets.

See you there, San Diego!

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