Give thanks to Moody Gardens for the new Macaroni Penguin siblings!

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GALVESTON, Texas, Nov. 22, 2022 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Thanksgiving is a time to be grateful, and Moody Gardens is giving a very warm welcome to two healthy new Macaroni Penguin chicks. Successful breeding and hatching of Macaroni penguin species inside the South Atlantic exhibit is possible due to the excellent quality of animal care provided by Moody Garden biologists. “We are delighted and extremely grateful for these new chicks that have now joined the exhibit here at Moody Gardens and that our Macaroni penguins have had many years of successful breeding,” said senior biologist Maggie Reynolds.

The first chick hatched on November 6 and weighed 62 grams. And the second hatched on November 9 and weighed 124 grams. Proud penguin parents are Blue, a male who came to Moody Gardens from Montreal, and Feta, who arrived at Moody Gardens in 2016 from SeaWorld San Diego. The two new chicks were cared for on show with limited human intervention. Try to spot them on the in-person exhibit or on the Penguin webcam, which can be found at

The Macaroni Penguin Exhibit helps Moody Gardens educate the public about the issues these birds face in the wild. Macaroni penguins, native to the subantarctic region of the world, are listed as vulnerable by the International Union for Conservation of Nature’s Red List, and colonies are declining in the wild due to factors such as climate change and the overfishing. “By having these birds in our collection and showing the public how important these issues are, we are able to share the many ways these populations can be helped in the wild,” said Aquarium curator, Diana Olsen.

Each successful hatch adds to Moody Gardens’ education and conservation mission. Olsen notes: “Increasing the number of birds in our collection allows us to have greater diversity for breeding pairs in the future, and also allows us to be able to send birds to other locations. other facilities to diversify their populations.”

The Pyramid at Moody Gardens Aquarium is one of the largest and most diverse aquariums in the United States. In addition to Macaroni penguins, five other species, including gentoo, chinstrap, king, and northern and southern rockhopper penguins, also inhabit the South Atlantic exposure. Warm climate Humboldt penguins live in an exhibit right next to their cold climate. With over 1.5 million gallons of water, the aquarium pyramid is home to marine life from five distinct environments. Not only does the collection include penguins, but visitors will also see stingrays, sharks, seals, sea lions and over 200 different species of fish.

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