They are known for their big personalities and rather small stature. Standing less than 12 inches tall and weighing around 2 pounds, Little Blue Penguins are the smallest species of the flightless bird.
While the population of Little Blues is considered stable in most locations, declines have been observed in some areas. While in the wild the average life span is roughly six years, the Little Blues can live up to 25 years in protected environments.
Little Blues now have a new place to call home at the Birch Aquarium.
Jenn Moffatt, Birch Aquarium’s Senior Director of Animal Care, Science and Conservation, offers a first-hand account of how their new exhibit went from concept to reality, including a time-lapse video of the construction of the penguin habitat over the last 9 months. Moffatt talks about how researchers study and care for the penguins, and their efforts to establish a successful breeding colony and responsibly support and sustain Little Blue Penguin populations with accredited zoos and aquariums communities.
Known for their unique blue color and diving capabilities, charismatic Little Blues are temperate water penguins native to Australia and New Zealand. They are often found living in rocky shorelines or mainland sites near or in urbanized areas.
To learn more, watch The Journey of the Little Blue Penguins.