Mystic Aquarium’s African penguin chicks, Purple Red and Purple Gray, took their first swim in the Roger Tory Peterson Penguin Pavilion on May 9, 2013. The chicks hatched in February as part of the Association of Zoos & Aquariums Species Survival Plan.
Our 2-year-old breeding pair, Molly and Oliver, joined Woodland Park Zoo in June 2011 shortly after their April birthdays. At such a young age, zookeepers expected that Oliver was a year shy of sexual maturity. To their surprise, Molly gave birth to a male porcupette on April 18 in the Northern Trail exhibit den! Thinking back, Molly must have become pregnant in September, giving her a seven-month gestation period before birthing the pair’s first baby.