Friday, February 15, 2008

Humboldt Penguin chick thriving in Chicago's Brookfield Zoo

A baby Humboldt penguin was born at the Brookfield Zoo in Chicago last month, and is now thriving after a rough beginning. Here is the article where they have video and more pictures. I really like this picture since the chick is asking to be fed by the stuffed Humboldt, the keeper ready to comply!

Humboldt Penguins are a South American Penguin and are native to the coasts of Peru and Chile. They are considered "Vulnerable" due to overfishing and habitat destruction.

Incidentally, this is the "progression" of classification regarding the conservation status of animals:

1. Least Concerned
2. Near Threatened
3. Vulnerable/Threatened
4. Endangered
5. Critically Endangered
6. Extinct in the Wild
7. Extinct

1 comment:

xenobiologista said...

It really cracks me up to see photos of bald eagle chicks, whooping crane chicks, etc. being raised by Muppets. I know there's good scientific reasons for it (so they don't imprint on humans), but it just looks so FUNNY. Especially the photos of guys dressed as whooping cranes flying little ultralight planes to teach the young ones to migrate.