Six record-breakers put on their formal attire today, to show off at the Tautphaus Park Zoo.
The six new penguin chicks double the record of baby African penguins raised at the zoo set last year.
Four of the six penguins took their first swim in deep water without an animal keeper today. The two younger chicks will join the rest in about a week for their first unattended dip in the pool.
The adorable penguins are a part of the African Penguin Species Survival Plan, and will be sent to other zoos or institutions.
Zoo officials say raising the cute babies is a lot of work, but definitely worth it.
Bill Gersonde, Tautphaus Park Zoo Superintendent: “When we can produce chicks like this that are part of a conservation program, it is very, very rewarding regardless of the blood, sweat and tears that goes into raising six penguin chicks.”
The babies are not currently on exhibit, but zoo patrons will be able to watch animal keepers work with the new penguin chicks in the Indoor Penguin Exhibit starting Saturday, July 28th, at 2:00 p.m. for about 20 minutes, and after that every Thursday and Saturday through August also at 2:00 p.m.