BALTIMORE (WJZ) — This year’s breeding class of African penguins at the Maryland Zoo will be named after gemstones.
The first four hatchlings have been named! Meet Diamond, Pearl, Onyx and Topaz.
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The first four #penguin chicks have been named! 🐧#ICYMI: This season’s chicks are being named after #gemstones because #endangered African penguins are precious & rare. #preciouspenguins 💎 pic.twitter.com/flNuke88H2
— Maryland Zoo (@marylandzoo) January 20, 2021
So far, there’s been seven chicks this breeding season.READ MORE: Ravens Do Just Enough To Beat The Cleveland Browns Sunday Night
Overall, the Maryland Zoo has hatched over 1,000 African penguin chicks.MORE NEWS: Circus Catch By Mark Andrews Kickstarts Ravens' Offense
And if you’re wondering the reason behind the name theme, the Zoo said just like gemstones, African penguins are also precious and rare.