National Aviary recently introduced a new penguin chick, named Marge. They waited until they had determined the gender of the baby.
The gender was determined through a DNA feather test. The test took several months because there is no way to tell an African Penguin chick’s gender visually. Hence, the Zookeepers had to wait until Marge grew out her juvenile feathers.
The Aviary in Pittsburgh issued a Press Release saying, “Generous donor, board member and friend of the National Aviary, Rich Caruso, named the penguin, now known as Marge, in honor of his mother.”
In an interview with the Aviary, Caruso said, “I am happy to work with the National Aviary and to name their new African Penguin chick in honor of my mother, Margaret Caruso.”
Marge is the eleventh African Penguin to hatch at the National Aviary. Furthermore, the chick was the first to hatch to parents Buddy and Holly. Being almost three months old, Marge is nearing her full adult size.
In a video posted on YouTube, the National Aviary shows the journey Marge has tread through these past couple of months!
Currently, “there are only 13,000 pairs of African Penguins in the wild”, said the National Aviary. Moreover, their population has experienced an immense decline in the past few years. Consequently, they have been declared endangered.
The National Aviary is also a part of the Species Survival Plan for African Penguins. The program works to enhance the conservation efforts of endangered species. The association of Zoos and Aquariums set it up.
For a short while, visitors may be able to see Marge. As per the National Aviary, she will make appearances in the Avian Care Center window. The timing would be from 12:30 – 2:00 p.m. every day.