Zoo Hatches Second African Penguin Chick
November 26, 2013
LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (November 26, 2013) – The Little Rock Zoo
is proud to announce that an African Penguin successfully hatched on October 24,
2013 and is growing strong.
chick, named Bugsy by Zoo staff, is the second chick hatched at the Zoo. The
first chick, Gilligan, was hatched October of last year and can be seen at the
Laura P. Nichols Penguin Pointe habitat. Like Gilligan, Bugsy’s parents are
penguins Skipper and Eze.
Both Gilligan and Bugsy were hatched at the recommendation of the Association
of Zoos and Aquariums Species Survival Plan (SSP) for the African Penguin, also
called the Black-footed penguin. African penguins are native to the country of
South Africa and Namibia and are considered an endangered species because of
loss of habitat, overfishing, and oil spills. African penguin
populations have declined by 95 percent in the past 100 years.
and her parents, Skipper and Eze, are on exhibit at Penguin Pointe but spend
most of their time in their nest box. However, Bugsy has started to explore
outside of the nest box and is occasionally visible. When she is ready, keepers
will start hand-raising Bugsy inside the Conservation Room at the exhibit to
teach her how to eat whole fish. During this process, Bugsy will be visible to
hatching of Bugsy brings the total number of penguins at the Laura P. Nichols
Penguin Pointe exhibit to 17.
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