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We Heart Penguins

Mind the eggs

Making a den
in a nesting colony.

Raising chicks takes teamwork in a penguin family, both mom and dad have primary roles. Magellanic penguins breed in large nesting colonies, with each pair living in a burrow. In our colony, each parent pair has a den.

Egg-cellent egg-sittting
Mom & Dad take turns.

When eggs are laid, both parents take turns sitting on the eggs in 2-week shifts. After chicks hatch, parents take turns feeding fish to their little ones.

Penguin Nesting Season

Fun Facts about penguins.

  • Point Defiance Zoo & Aquarium welcomed a chick named Regina George in May 2023.
  • Although she’s grown her first coat of waterproof feathers, Regina does not have his full tuxedo coloring yet.
  • Males attract mates by “braying” like donkeys; when a female responds he walks around her in a circle patting her with his flippers.
  • Mated pairs preen each other and hit bill tips together to bond.