African Penguins Receive ‘Honeymoon Suites’ At The New England Aquarium

Francis YupangcoBy Francis Yupangco 4 years ago
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africanThe New England Aquarium is attempting to set the right ‘mood’ for its African Penguins. The Aquarium is trying to play matchmaker to eight pairs of African Penguins so that they will breed more chicks. African Penguins are the only penguin in Africa and currently are endangered due to factors including over fishing, climate change, and pollution. They are sadly expected to be extinct in the World by the year 2025 if we continue along at our current path. However, the New England Aquarium has decided to give the penguins ‘honeymoon suite’ igloos and homes outside of the public eye, to encourage mating. African Penguins are known to be monogamous, staying with only one mate for the majority of their breeding years.  African Penguins nest in burrows and lay two eggs, which both mom and dad incubate the eggs and feed the chicks for two to four months. Let’s hope the Aquarium is able to get these penguins going! MORE

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Francis is a marine biologist with an MBA and over 20 years of professional aquarium experience. Francis is the former Aquatic Development Manager at Hagen USA., makers of Fluval brand aquarium products. He co-stars on Nat Geo WILD's reality TV series Fish Tank Kings where he is the resident "Fish Geek" and was Director of Marketing at Living Color Aquariums. He is an avid explorer having visited over 45 countries and lived in 7. At 17, he was among the youngest aquarists ever hired by the Vancouver Aquarium, where he worked for 7 years. His aquatic biology experience ranges from larval fish rearing to the design, construction and operational management of renowned public aquariums around the world. Francis is currently head of marketing at the world's largest vertically integrated fish farming company.

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