We Call it Macaroni

June 29, 2017

Photo Credit: Julie Larsen Maher © WCS

Six new macaroni penguins have made their debut at the zoo. The three males and three females can be found in the zoo's Polar Circle exhibit.

They come to the zoo from the Montreal Biodome and SeaWorld San Diego on a breeding recommendation from the Macaroni Penguin Species Survival Plan (SSP), a cooperative breeding program designed to enhance the genetic viability of animal populations in zoos and aquariums accredited by the Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA).

“Many species of penguins are susceptible to the effects of climate change,” said Craig Piper, WCS Director of City Zoos and Central Park Zoo Director. “Learning about these birds and the harsh environment they thrive in is an important step in fostering the next generation of conservation-minded citizens.”

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