Meet Our Humboldt Penguin Chicks

In April 2020 the Aquarium of Niagara welcomed its first set of penguin chicks in 14 years!

The last successful hatching happened in April 2006. The Aquarium participates in the Association of Zoos & Aquarium’s (AZA) Species Survival Plan (SSP) for Humboldt penguins. Humboldt penguins are considered threatened in their natural environment and have seen population declines due to human development, guano harvesting, overfishing of anchovies, and intense El Niño events.

The chicks are temporarily known as “Alpha and Beta” and will be named at a later time. The sex will be determined by a blood test.

Meet Alpha

a dog sleeping on a blue blanket
  • Hatched Wednesday, April 15th
  • First weight: 85 grams
Fun fact: Penguin chicks grow quickly and ours are no exception! Both of our babies are above average weights for their ages.

Meet Beta

a glass display case
  • Hatched Saturday, April 18th
  • First weight: 80 grams
Fun fact: Penguins lay a “clutch” of two eggs 2-4 days apart. The second chick is smaller than the first.
pj and blanca

The Parents

PJ, Jr. and Blanca came to the Aquarium of Niagara in Spring 2019 from the Woodland Park Zoo in Seattle, W.A.

PJ, Jr. is a 7-year-old male and Blanca is a 5-year-old female.

Penguin chicks hatch after a 40-46 day incubation period. Parents share incubation and rearing duties equally.

Penguin Chick Registry

Just like human babies, penguin chicks require a lot of resources! That’s why we’ve set up a registry. You can help ensure they have a strong start by purchasing an item below!

Ship items to: Aquarium of Niagara, 701 Whirlpool Street, Niagara Falls, NY 14301. Email [email protected] with questions or to arrange dropping items off at the Aquarium.

Make A Donation To Celebrate Our New Penguin Chicks!

Your deductible gift will directly benefit the ongoing care of our animal collection.