Maryland zoo celebrates 1,000th hatching of African penguin

(PHOTO: Maryland Zoo)

BALTIMORE, Md. – The Maryland zoo is celebrating the hatching of their 1,000th African penguin.

The zoo said on Thursday that this hatching marks the first time that any zoo or aquarium in North America has hatched 1,000 African penguin chicks.

The penguin hatched February 13 and was the thirteenth chick to arrive during the 2017-2018 breeding season.

“The chick, whose gender will not be known for several weeks, will stay behind-the-scenes in the Penguin Conservation Center for a few months until its juvenile feathers have grown in and it passes swimming lessons,” said Jen Kottyan, the zoo’s conservation manager.

The chick will remain behind the scenes until it is ready for its public debut.