Penguins celebrate first birthday at ZooTampa

Three African penguin chicks at ZooTampa are celebrating their first birthday.

Last January, ZooTampa at Lowry Park welcomed the chicks, named Bolt, Amalie, and Nicole.

Bolt and Amalie officially hatched Jan. 7, 2018 and Jan. 9, 2018, weighing in at 54 grams and 48 grams, to parents Tinkerbell and Loki.

The pair were so-called clutch mates, meaning their eggs were laid two days apart, and then fertilized and hatched.

The third chick hatched on Jan. 12, weighing in at 53 grams, to parents Tyke and Tyra.

The zoo celebrated birthdays with a Tampa Bay Lightning-themed ice cake, presents, and a birthday card for guests to sign.

ZooTampa is home to a colony of 12 African penguins and participates in the African penguin Species Survival Plan (SSP). 

The African penguin is native to the coastlines of South Africa and Namibia and is one of six true warm weather species. The species is considered endangered in the wild due to food shortages from commercial fishing, oil spills, egg collection and fishing nets.