Bronx Zoo Welcomes First Fairy Penguin in Its 120-Year History

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Source: YouTube/Wildlife Conservation Society

Source: YouTube/Wildlife Conservation Society

A fairy penguin has been born at the Bronx Zoo in New York City. This is the first time the penguin breed has been born at the zoo throughout its 120-year history.

Now, the zoo is debuting the penguin for the first time. Fairy penguins, also called little penguins or blue penguins, are the smallest of the 18 penguin species. Adults grow to about 13 inches in height and weigh about two to three pounds.

The chick came from the Taronga Zoo in Sydney, Australia, as part of a breeding program and hatched on May 10.

According to the Wildlife Conservation Society press release, “Approximately 15 penguins a year hatch at Taronga, making it the most successful little penguin breeding program in the world. The Bronx Zoo penguins will help ensure continued genetic diversity in the little penguin populations in the U.S.”

The Bronx Zoo will also be supporting the Taronga Zoo’s fairy penguin conservation programs in Sydney’s harbor.

You can check out the little guy in person at the Bronx Zoo’s aquatic bird house or watch the video below!

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