Adventure Aquarium’s first-ever little blue penguin chick has been given a name just weeks after the announcement of her hatching.
An online vote hosted on adventureaquarium.com asked visitors to choose from three name options: Robin, Elanora and Tuatahi. The voting concluded at 5:00 p.m. on January 31 with hundreds of votes cast. The totals were extremely close, with two of the name options, Elanora and Tuatahi, ending in a tie.
“The Birds and Mammals team were asked to break the tie with a final staff vote,” said Michele Pagel, Curator of Birds and Mammals at Adventure Aquarium. “The name Elanora, meaning “home by the sea” or “home by the water,” was the ultimate winner. Our staff is excited to start calling our little blue chick by her official name that our guests helped choose!”
The female little blue penguin chick who hatched to first-time parents, Sheila and Goose, on the Little Blue Beach exhibit on December 3, 2016, is currently behind the scenes. She will be reintroduced to the colony in the coming weeks after waterproof plumage has developed, allowing her the ability to swim in the exhibit.
An official announcement will be made notifying guests and media when Elanora will make her public debut. Guests and visitors are encouraged to follow the Aquarium’s accounts to stay up-to-date on animal birth announcements as well as events and happenings.
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.