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Help Name SF’s Adorable Baby Penguin

California Academy of Sciences has a brand new penguin chick, and they want your help to name it
By - posted 1/7/2023 No Comment

San Francisco’s Academy of Sciences has a brand new baby penguin and the public is being asked to help name the chick.

Fluffy, flightless, & feared by fish … but missing a name. You’re cordially invited to help name our new African penguin chick! Here’s how: Comment your best suggestion before January 8. Our biologists will pick their four faves, & we’ll share them back here for voting.

The California Academy of Sciences welcomed two exciting new additions to its African penguin colony in November, the first new chicks to hatch at the Academy since 2018. The museum reported that sadly, one of the penguin chicks passed away on December 5. “While we are saddened by this loss, we are happy to report that the surviving penguin chick is healthy and continues to grow and thrive.”

During their first few months behind the scenes in the aquarium the chick will attend “fish school,” where all new penguin chicks learn to swim on their own and eat fish given to them by biologists, important life skills they’ll need when joining 13 fellow penguins in the Academy’s bustling colony. Each day at fish school also includes daily enrichment sessions with aquarium biologists to help keep the birds stimulated and engaged. The chick is expected to join the rest of the Academy’s African penguin colony in late January 2023.

While the baby won’t be on view until it joins the rest of the colony in January, you can keep up with the rest of the Academy’s African penguin colony via the live HD Penguin Cam, where feedings are broadcast twice daily at 10:30 am and 3 pm.

Read more at the California Academy of Sciences.