The Aquarium of the Pacific invites the public to meet the newest members of its Magellanic Penguin family

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 Four Magellanic Penguin chicks born at the Aquarium of the Pacific this summer are getting ready for their debut. The public can now see the first two, female penguin chicks of this season in the June Keyes Penguin Habitat. The parents of the chick born in late May are Kate and Avery—two of the Aquarium’s birds that were rescued off the coast of Brazil. The parents of the second female penguin born this summer are Patsy and Noodles.

 

The two baby birds had been behind the scenes learning how to be handfed fish and to swim before going on exhibit today. The Aquarium has live webcams in the June Keyes Penguin Habitat, allowing people around the world to tune in to catch a glimpse of the chicks exploring the habitat. Cameras are located above and below the water, giving viewers up-close and candid looks at the lives of the Aquarium’s penguins. The webcams have been provided courtesy of explore.org, the philanthropic multimedia arm of the Annenberg Foundation.

 

The public also has the chance to help name Patsy and Noodles’ female chick though the Aquarium’s Adopt an Animal program by adopting at the $100 limited-edition penguin chick level or above before October 31, 2014. The person whose suggested name is chosen by Aquarium staff members will be able to go behind the scenes and participate in a feeding and training session with the penguins.

 

Native to Argentina and Chile, this penguin species prefers a more temperate climate such as that of Southern California than their Antarctic-dwelling cousins. Magellanic Penguin chicks hatch with their eyes closed and are able to open them about a week later. After about ninety days the chicks fledge, losing their downy newborn feathers, which are replaced with water-tight, sub-adult feathers.

 

WHEN:           Now on exhibit – two female penguin chicks

 

WHERE:         Aquarium of the Pacific, 100 Aquarium WayLong Beach, CA 90802

Live Webcams: http://www.aquariumofpacific.org/exhibits/webcams/

 

PUBLIC:         The public can see two new Magellanic Penguin chicks in the Aquarium of the Pacific’s June Keyes Penguin Habitat. The public will also have the chance to help name Patsy and Noodles’ female chick though the Aquarium’s Adopt an Animal program by adopting at the $100 limited-edition penguin chick level or above before October 31, 2014. The person whose suggested name is chosen by Aquarium staff members will be able to go behind the scenes to participate in a feeding and training session with the penguins. All “parents” at the $100 level will receive an adoption certificate, color photo, fact sheet about the animal, a penguin plush toy, and two aquarium admission tickets. Higher levels include such benefits as Behind-the-Scenes Tours and Animal Encounters. For a full list of levels and benefits, please visit aquariumofpacific.org/adopt. The Aquarium is open from 9:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. daily. Aquarium admission is $28.95 for adults 12+, $25.95 for seniors 62+, $14.95 per child (ages 3-11), and free to Aquarium members and children under age three. The two penguin chicks can now be seen via the Aquarium’s live webcams. For more information, visit www.aquariumofpacific.org or call (562) 590-3100.

 

Photo Credit : Robin Riggs.

 

 

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