NEW ORLEANS -- Three endangered African Blackfooted penguin chick were hatched at the Audubon Aquarium of the Americas.
Six total -- a record -- have been hatched at the aquarium in 2013.
“With their numbers decreasing by as much as 90 percent in the past century, the hatching of multiple African penguin chicks is especially significant and makes me incredibly proud of the program’s accomplishments,” says Darwin Ling, senior viculturist.
“This has been a record-breaking year due to our improved incubation parameters and fine-tuned hand-rearing process and I'm very optimistic to have more chicks hatch at the Aquarium before the end of the year.”
The chicks are known as Peewee, a male; Fuzzy, a female; and Sassafras, a male. Peewee and Fuzzy are brother and sister, according to the aquarium.