West Edmonton Mall has recently announced a new addition to the African black-footed penguin colony at the Sea Life Caverns attraction.
The five-week old penguin is the fourth penguin to hatch in Marine Life in the last four years, and the 15th penguin overall to hatch since the opening of Marine Life in 1985.
The black-footed penguins are about two feet tall and weigh between 5 – 10 pounds. When first hatched, they are small enough to fit in the palm of your hand.
Since increased industrial fishing started around the south-western coast of Africa, there has been a substantial decrease in the number of black-footed penguins. Marine Life is partnered with the AZA African penguin SSP Sustainability project, a worldwide effort to conserve the African penguin population.