In celebration of World Penguin Day, the Lincoln Park Zoo announced the name and gender of its newest chick on Wednesday.
The African penguin chick is a boy and has been named Oliver.
It’s a boy! After sending a blood sample to a lab for genetic analysis, we’re thrilled to announce the sex of the newest African penguin at Robert and Mayari Pritzker Penguin Cove—and on #WorldPenguinDay no less! The chick is the offspring of pair Robben (female) and Preston (male) and was named Oliver by Lincoln Park Zoo Trustee Mayari Pritzker. Bird keepers have been slowly introducing Oliver to the rest of the colony behind-the-scenes. Animal Care staff will soon give him the choice to explore a smaller portion of the exhibit. Oliver may be visible to the public intermittently as soon as this week as he continues to adjust to the new space. Keepers are closely monitoring the chick, his parents and the other members of the cozy colony during this process. As you can see here, keepers are also introducing him to enrichment, like this laser pointer, which elicits natural behaviors. In order to hunt, African penguins have a keen eye for light, specifically reflected off fish scales. As such, the penguins at the zoo frequently engage with the light from the laser pointer! Welcome, Oliver! #lincolnparkzoo #ForWildlifeForAll #penguin