BALTIMORE (WJZ) — This year’s breeding class of African penguins at the Maryland Zoo will be named after gemstones.
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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, 2021READ MORE: BWI To Extend Rent Relief For Food, Retail Stores Inside Airport
So far, there’s been seven chicks this breeding season.
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And if you’re wondering the reason behind the name theme, the Zoo said just like gemstones, African penguins are also precious and rare.