The penguin chicks at the NEW Zoo & Adventure Park are ready for names! The two brothers, born November 12th and 17th, 2019, are doing well, growing as they should and currently in the process of molting into their first “swimming feathers.” Zookeepers have already noticed their distinct personalities developing: Chick #1 is a calmer bird, who seems to adjust to new experiences quickly, while Chick #2 is a little less inclined to hang out with people, and not afraid to use his beak to explore (that is, bite!) the world around him!
Now that the chicks are nearly ready for swimming with the big birds, it’s time to name them! Zookeepers have narrowed down the choices to three sets of names:
- Clark & Eddie (from the movie A Christmas Vacation)
- Gilbert & Linus (in honor of the Zoo’s veterinarian, Dr. Gilbert)
- Raul & Marco (inspired by penguins in books & movies)
The naming contest will raise money for African penguin conservation, as this species is endangered in the wild and all of the NEW Zoo’s penguins are members of the African Penguin Species Survival Program. Each dollar donated to penguin conservation will represent one vote for a set of names. Five dollars donated will represent five votes, and so on. To make your donation, vote for your favorite set of names, and help us support penguin conservation, visit this page: Support Conservation: Name the Penguin Chicks
Votes can also be cast by donating to conservation on-site at the Zoo’s Visitor Center building. Online voting ends 8:30am CST on February 11th; in-person voting will end at 4pm on Monday, February 10th.Donate & Vote