February 29, 2024
The feminine emperor penguin chick hatched at SeaWorld in September. Courtesy of SeaWorld San Diego

SeaWorld San Diego on Tuesday reported the primary emperor penguin chick hatched since 2010, a uncommon occasion on the solely establishment within the Western Hemisphere the place the endangered species are discovered.

Emperor penguins are threatened of their native behavior as a result of lack of Antarctic sea ice and rising sea ranges brought on by local weather change.

“Bringing this chick into the world and making certain her well-being and survival across the clock has been a really rewarding course of for me and your entire SeaWorld aviculture crew,” stated Justin Brackett, curator of birds at SeaWorld San Diego.

“Each choice relating to her well-being was made with the upmost care and consideration by our knowledgeable crew and veterinary workers,” Brackett stated. “We’re wanting ahead to studying extra about her and watching her distinctive persona develop as she continues to develop.”

The chick was hatched on Sept. 12 on the Penguin Encounter, which is house to a colony of 17 emperor penguins, in addition to 300 different penguins

Document low Antarctic sea ice protection is lowering Emperor penguin populations of their native habitat, with colonies experiencing breeding failure. Emperor penguins are depending on sea ice for breeding, elevating chicks, and molting. Newly hatched chicks lack waterproof feathers required to swim or survive within the ocean. 

“The excellent news is that there’s a future for this species if we take motion to battle local weather change and help organizations like SeaWorld that present human care and keep genetic biodiversity for Emperor penguins of their amenities,” stated Katie Propp, chief operations officer at Penguins Worldwide.