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There's always a new story to tell at Colchester Zoo, from welcoming new arrivals, to exciting things to see and discover.
Our penguin fledglings are male!
Our 5 penguin fledglings have all recently left their nest boxes and are enjoying spending time with the rest of the group! They have been also spending a lot of time in their pools, cooling off and enjoying the sunshine!
As the youngsters are now almost full grown it was time to find out the gender of penguins, in order to do this a feather sample is sent off for testing to determine the DNA of each penguin. We have since received the results and can confirm that our fledglings are all male! Keepers have since named them and we can now introduce you to:
Boulder, his parents are Bruce and Pebbles.
Scar & Dodger, two new arrivals hatched to Slammer and Oreo
Geo & Zeppelin, from dad Sid and mum Dotty!
Whilst the penguins are still young they have a light grey coat until their adult feathers come through and they begin to develop the black and white Humboldt colourings with their individual spot patterns on their bellies.
The Humboldt penguins are listed as Vulnerable (VU) on the IUCN Red List so these chicks are really important for their species.
Why not stop by Inca trail and Penguin Shores and see if you can spot them.
5.00pm close or dusk if earlier
Last admission to zoo grounds at 4.00pm
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