Egg-Citing News! The Calgary Zoo Family is Growing.
Proud gentoo penguin parents, “Georgia” and “Cooper” have hatched the first gentoo penguin chick at the Calgary Zoo in three-years.
“The entire gentoo colony seems excited about this special arrival, keeping a close eye on the newest member,” said Director of Animal Care Jamie Dorgan. “The hatchling appears to be doing well and we’re leaving it to Mom and Dad to do what they know is best.”
Georgia was hatched at the Calgary Zoo in July 2014, Cooper is a native of Omaha’s Henry Doorly Zoo, born in 2008. The zoo’s last gentoo chick, Onyx, was hatched in 2017 to parents, Akio and Una.
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A little more about gentoo penguins:
- Gentoo penguins are the third largest penguin species, reaching a maximum weight of 8kg.
- Male and female penguins take turns incubating eggs, which lasts 34-37 days.
- Gentoo penguins usually mate with the same partner every year.
- Gentoo penguins have long tails that sweep from side to side as they walk, giving them the most prominent tail of any penguin species.
- Gentoo penguins are dubbed as the most romantic seabirds. Pairs start by building intricate nests of rocks and pebbles together, with pebbles shared between potential mates ahead of time as a sign that they’re interested in becoming a breeding pair.