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ZooTampa welcomes endangered African penguin chick

Posted at 2:14 PM, Apr 18, 2019
and last updated 2019-04-18 14:57:40-04

What's black, white and cute all over? The new African penguin chick at ZooTampa!

Well, at the moment it's still gray and fuzzy all over — but DEFINITELY cute!

Born at the end of March, the chick is one of 19 African penguins at the zoo. It was born weighing 61 grams to its parents, Thumbelina and Rocky.

The species, which is considered endangered in the wild, is one of five true warm weather penguin species, according to ZooTampa.

The zoo says they participate in AZA SAFE: Saving Animals From Extinction program. It focuses on having animal experts identify threats, develop action plans, raise new resources and educate visitors on animal conservation.

ZooTampa says revealing the gender of a penguin is very difficult, requiring a blood test. The gender of the chick and the name will be announced at a later date.