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New African penguin chick at Lowry in Tampa

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TAMPA, FL (WFLA) - Another African penguin chick joined the Tampa's Lowry Park Zoo penguin family just in time for the African Penguin Awareness Day, the zoo officials said.

The new chick is about 6 weeks old, it hatched Aug. 26, according to zoo keepers. The chick is the third baby to parents Amber and Violet. The new chick recently moved to zookeeper care to learn how to swim and become independent, zoo officials said.

The chick will join the colony of more than a dozen penguins on exhibit in a couple of months. You can easily spot the newbie by its grey plumage that will be replaced by black and white feathers after the first molt.

This Saturday you can join the aviary keepers and volunteers for educational talks and penguin feeding during the African Penguin Awareness Day. You can watch the birds waddle, swim and play. You can also buy artwork painted by the penguins.

The African penguin is an endangered species and the Zoo's penguins are members of the Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA) African Penguin Species Survival Plan (SSP) program, zoo officials said.
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