Learn more about our youngest animals here at Tampa's Lowry Park Zoo.
In wild colonies, penguins are thought to mate for life. Likewise, at the Zoo, African
penguins usually remain with a single partner for years. The newest chick, named "Tapanga," hatched May 8, 2013, is the third successful hatchling for parents "Thumbelina" and "Flannigan" who have been paired for several years. As with the previous chicks, the newest offspring transitioned to zookeeper care to facilitate independence and to learn to swim, before ultimately joining the colony. “Tapanga” can be seen on exhibit with the colony and aside from her darker plumage, she can also be identified by a red band on her left wing.
The Zoo has welcomed another African penguin chick, the second this year. The newest female chick, named "Aurora," recently transitioned to zookeeper care to facilitate independence and learning to swim before ultimately joining the colony on exhibit in another month or two. The chick hatched August 26, 2013 to third time parents “Amber ” and “Violet ” who have been paired for several years. Their first chicks, clutch mates “Asani” and “Aza,” are part of the Zoo’s rookery of more than a dozen penguins. Once on exhibit, the chick will be easy to spot with its dark gray juvenile plumage which will be replaced by the characteristic black and white feathers following its first molt.