Adventure Aquarium’s participation in the Species Survival Plan brings
little blue penguins together
Adventure Aquarium officially announced two adult female little blue penguins were added to the colony to help support the Association of Zoos and Aquarium’s (AZA’s) Species Survival Plan (SSP). With the new female penguins’ arrival the colony now consists of five females and six males.
“We recently welcomed two female little blues, Maremma and Kororaa,” said Michele Pagel, Curator of Birds and Mammals at Adventure Aquarium. “As recommended by AZA's SSP, two of our eligible penguin bachelors, Indigo and Cobalt, were moved off exhibit to bond with these ladies behind the scenes. We'll have to wait and see if love blooms.”
Maremma, nine-months-old, and Kororaa, eight-years-old, arrived from New England Aquarium on December 14, 2016 and were placed into standard quarantine for one month. Earlier this week the male little blues were removed from Little Blue Beach and joined the females in their back of house area. Staff will allow the birds time to bond in hopes they will pair off as mates.
The Aquarium participates in the Association of Zoos and Aquarium’s (AZA’s) little blue penguin Species Survival Plan (SSP), a program that encourages zoos and aquariums to work in concert to help ensure the survival of little blue penguins through a scientifically-controlled breeding program.
Guests will have the opportunity to see Maremma and Kororaa on exhibit for the first time, along with the return of Indigo and Cobalt, in the coming weeks. Details will be shared via the Aquarium’s social media accounts.
NOTE TO THE EDITOR
Downloadable images of the new female little blue colony additions are available here. Photo Credit: Adventure Aquarium.