Teacup-sized penguin chicks going to fish school California Academy of Sciences veterinarians examine one of two African penguin chicks in San Francisco (AP photos)
Teacup-sized penguin chicks going to fish school
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Two African penguin chicks have recently hatched at the California Academy of Sciences. The academy is located in San Francisco's Golden Gate Park.

The gray, fluffy chicks hatched just days apart on November 1 and November 4. Now they are nesting with their parents, a spokesperson for the academy said.

Each the size of a tea cup, the chicks will go through "fish school," where they will learn to become proficient swimmers and get comfortable with eating hand-fed fish. Once they are ready, they will join the penguin colony on exhibit in late January.

The academy's two chicks are the second and third to be hatched as part of its Species Survival Plan program. In January 2013, the academy hatched its first chick since moving into its new Golden Gate Park facility in 2008.

African penguins were classified as an endangered species in 2010 and are at very high risk of extinction in the wild.

"By engaging the public about why sustaining these and other threatened species is so critical, we hope to inspire people around the world to join us by supporting conservation efforts locally and internationally," said Bart Shepherd, director of the Academy's Steinhart Aquarium.

Critical thinking challenge: Why are these chicks part of the Academys Species Survival Plan program?

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  • 3zoeyt
    11/20/2014 - 05:33 p.m.

    Two African penguins have been hatched at a school in California. The two penguins hatched three days apart. One on November 1st and the other on November 4th.Each the size of a teacup, the chicks will go through "fish school," where they will learn to become proficient swimmers and get comfortable with eating hand-fed fish.African penguins were classified as an endangered species in 2010 and are at very high risk of extinction in the wild.

  • 3EthanS
    11/20/2014 - 06:34 p.m.

    I think that it is weird that these penguins are going through "fish school". I wonder if they will fit in with the other penguins after being only with each other for almost a month of their lives. This is a threatened species so we should do everything we can to protect, and care for them. If we don't protect them they could go extinct. I am glad that the California Academy of Sciences took these chicks in and cared for them.

  • 5ReganF
    11/20/2014 - 06:55 p.m.

    Critical thinking: This species of penguin is considered endangered species, and could be considered the future of these penguins. They born at the Academy of Science so they were ensured a life as to where they can begin reproducing and expanding the penguin population.

    Opinion:
    I think that raising the penguins the way they do is a very good idea, but I think that, if possible, the penguins should be raised by their parents rather than humans. I can completely see where the researchers are coming from, since they need the penguins to learn as soon as possible, but it is more natural for the chicks to learn from their parents. They would learn better that way, and it is just the natural way for the chicks to learn. Penguins are very social creatures, and isolating them at a young age could result in future problems for the penguin, such as adapting to a social environment. Even though the species of penguin is rare, it would still be much better so then the chicks' babies would continue on the natural way when they teach their children and so forth.

  • 1AbbyP
    11/20/2014 - 07:33 p.m.

    Two tea cup sized penguins were born on November 1st and November 4th in southwest California. They were born in the California Academy of Sciences now they nest with their parents. Now they go through "fish school" where they'll become good swimmers and get comfortable eating fish. The chicks are the 2nd and 3rd to hatch from the species surveil program,when the academy hatched their first egg in 2013. Their species African penguins became classified as endangered in 2010.

  • NickB-2
    11/20/2014 - 07:52 p.m.

    This article is about two young penguins. They were born in the California Academy of Sciences. They need to be trained to hunt, and be comfortable hand-feeding. They will be put in the wild with another group of penguins when they have matured. I think this is very cool, but I also think that they should let the penguins be born in their natural habitat.

  • devonm-3
    11/20/2014 - 08:15 p.m.

    African penguin chicks hatched and are learning to to hand fed fish. Two tiny birds about the size of a tea cup were born in San Francisco at the Golden Gate park facility. There they will learn to swim, eat and interact with other penguins. The African penguin species is going extincted so the people of Golden Gate faculty are going to try the grow the population. The chicks will later go to an exhibit with other penguins where they will live. It is great people are helping these birds. Animals going extincted is tragic and when people help creatures it's beautiful. I hope the population will go up and the birds will have a happy life.

  • Johnsooe
    11/20/2014 - 08:51 p.m.

    answering the critical thinking challenge:
    I believe that the penguins are in the "species survival plan program" because they are an endangered species and they might not have or get the skills they need to survive in their natural habitat, so they some what raise them and prepare them with he skills they need to live and support themselves.

  • 8laurenl
    11/20/2014 - 09:19 p.m.

    There are two African American tea cup sized penguins who will be taught to be proficient swimmers and eat hand fed fish. I was interested in reading this article because I wanted to learn more about these tea cup penguins and what people were planning on doing with them.

  • Brandon1231-YYCA
    11/20/2014 - 09:42 p.m.

    I just think that having these people help these penguins are awesome because they are helping endangered species in the world. I just think when people do this, they are helping animals and humans because they are able to see animals that are about to die out. I just think that having these penguins back to life again is just awesome and I just think that having people able to do such a thing to animals are awesome. I just hope that these people can be a better helper and I hope that these people can be the people that the people in the world want them to be. I just hope that these people aren't killing these penguins and instead helping them because they are dying out.

  • 1ParkerG
    11/21/2014 - 07:30 a.m.

    The California Academy of sciences got two new baby African penguins. On November 1 and 4. In San Francisco. Its a good idea to have these penguins because they can't fend for themselves. It could be bad because they won't know how to be with other penguins.

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