In today’s adorable animal news, we bring you a penguin chick update!
Manila Ocean Park has bred, hatched and raised five (5) penguins since 2014. Four chicks are from Jiggy and Roukia namely Kaya, Araw, Sinag, and Tala. While the fifth and youngest unnamed baby penguin that hatched last December 8, 2015 is from Kenjie and Sakura. With its cute little flippers and perfectly formed beak, the fluffy, grey baby penguin is the newest addition to the family.
We haven’t named the chick yet as we still need to discover the gender of the newly hatched baby. The fluffy little fellow seen in the photo above is almost fully grown. Its fuzzy, gray chick feathers have molted away and he’s now sporting its black and white juvenile colors as seen in the image below.
(Photo taken right after his morning swim! ☺)
Now that it has already fledged, the youngest penguin can now join the older ones in the exhibit area where he can stretch his wings and get used to being in water. Visitors can meet this adorable youngster up-close during the regular penguin feedings in the Penguin Exhibit with a printed photo as souvenir.
Over the next few months, our youngest baby penguin will continue to get used to water and life at Manila Ocean Park as an ambassador for their species. Please check back on our blog for updates on our penguin chicks, and to find out the youngest chick’s name!
Manila Ocean Park’s banner CSR program is called “I LOVE MY OCEAN PLANET” . A campaign that encourages volunteerism, public education and community mobilization activities designed to increase public awareness and action on coastal management issues and instil pride in our country’s natural resources. It is an expanded responsibility of stewardship not only with marine biodiversity but also with other creatures who are dependent on the wellness of the ocean.
Manila Ocean Park is fully aware of its obligation to reach a broad public and impart necessary information relevant to current environmental issues. It is our aim that the “Back to the Wild” Release program will be a step in the right direction for marine education and conservation. We hope that more people will do their share in ensuring the future generations will be able to enjoy and see these fascinating animals in their natural habitat.