Tampa Zoo Welcomes Baby African Penguin

The hatchling, born Aug. 26 at Lowry Park Zoo, is the third for parents "Amber" and "Violet."

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    A Tampa Zoo is welcoming a new African penguin chick. The hatchling, born Aug. 26 at Lowry Park Zoo, is the third for parents "Amber" and "Violet," who have been paired for several years at the zoo.

    A Tampa Zoo is welcoming a new African penguin chick.

    The hatchling, born Aug. 26 at Lowry Park Zoo, is the third for parents "Amber" and "Violet," who have been paired for several years at the zoo.

    Their first chicks, "Asani" and "Aza," are part of the zoo's rookery of more than a dozen penguins.


    The newest addition is now six weeks old and is learning to swim so it can join the colony on exhibit in another month.

    African penguins are also known "black-footed" penguins or "jackass" penguins for their donkey-like braying sounds during courtship.
     
    In 2010, they were classified as endangered, as their wild population continues to decline.

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