ZooTampa at Lowry Park recently welcomed an adorable new baby.
An African penguin chick hatched at the zoo on March 25, a spokeswoman announced Thursday. The baby weighed in at 61 grams and was born to Thumbelina and Rocky.
The new baby joins a colony of 18 other African penguins at ZooTampa.
The African penguin is native to the coastlines of South Africa and Namibia. Zoo officials say it’s one of five true warm weather species of penguins. African penguins are considered endangered in the wild. Experts say it’s due to food shortages, resulting from commercial fishing, oil spills, egg collection and fishing nets.
ZooTampa participates in a program aimed at saving animals from extinction. The program involves experts identifying threats, developing action plans, raising new resources and educating visitors.
You can learn more about African penguins on the ZooTampa website.