Chicago Zoological Society

Humboldt Penguin Chick Born At Brookfield Zoo May Participate In Penguin Encounters

March 22, 2018 - 9:42 am

CHICAGO (WBBM NEWSRADIO) -- A new arrival at Brookfield Zoo may take on an important job.

A male Humboldt penguin chick hatched Feb. 12 at Brookfield Zoo. And as he grows and continues to be monitored by animal care staff, the unnamed chick may participate in the zoo's Penguin Encounters as early as May. 

In addition to possibly being an member of the Penguin Encounters group, the chick will soon be introduced to and reside in the Humboldt penguin colony in the rocky shores habitat at Brookfield Zoo’s Living Coast, the zoo said in a release.

He is closely monitored each day with staff weighing him three times a day to make sure he is properly gaining.

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"The chick will molt from his down feathers into juvenile plumage by two months of age, at which time he will be introduced to a shallow pool of water. Adult plumage will not be present until about 2-years old," the zoo said.

Penguin Encounters are offered year-year. They allow guests to interact with penguins and learn fun facts. Reservations are required and can be made online at or in Coast Gift Shop next to The Living Coast. Participants must be at least 5 years old, and an adult must accompany children between ages 5 and 18.