Baseball-Themed Celebration Reveals the Addition of Two Boys and Two Girls to Penguin Colony
Mystic, Conn. (May 20, 2016): Mystic Aquarium’s best kept secret is out! Earlier today, the genders of the four African penguin chicks, Purple/Purple, Purple/Black, Purple/Brown and Purple/Silver, were revealed in a colorful fashion. Appropriately taking place on Endangered Species Day, the gender reveal celebrated the newest additions to the Aquarium’s African penguin colony all while providing much-needed awareness to conservation efforts for this endangered species.
Following an online auction opened to the public, top bidders enjoyed the unique opportunity to take a swing – quite literally – at helping the Aquarium’s penguin staff during this celebration. The lucky winners donned batting gloves and jerseys as they stepped up to hit special baseballs filled with either pink or blue powder. Once bat met ball, the explosion of color revealed the gender of each chick.
Mystic Aquarium is excited to share the genders of each chick, which was split evenly between the four: Purple/Purple and Purple/Brown are girls, and Purple/Black and Purple/Silver are boys. Guests can see the four chicks on exhibit during the summer where they have joined the other 35 African penguins in the Aquarium’s colony.
The African penguin, while one of the most popular species at Mystic Aquarium, is also at the highest risk of extinction in the animal kingdom. In an effort to reverse this devastating trend, Mystic Aquarium became a founding member of the African Penguin Species Survival Plan (SSP) in 1995. This breeding program ensures the long-term survival of African penguins in accredited zoos and aquariums. Today, with the help of generous and caring guests, our work continues not only here at Mystic Aquarium, but with our accredited partners around the world as we collaboratively work to save the African penguin.