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Splash! Dallas Zoo’s first-ever penguin chick will learn to swim
Jul 13, 2015

Three-month-old Marina has her first swimming lesson Tuesday 

WHAT: The Dallas Zoo’s beloved baby penguin is ready to take on the pool! Marina recently lost her fluffy gray downy feathers, which means she’s ready to safely begin swimming lessons with her new, mature feathers. Media is invited to watch Marina waddle to the penguin pool and splash into the water for the first time. (Keepers will be nearby to “lifeguard” and assist if needed.)

WHEN: Tuesday, July 14, 10 a.m.

WHERE: Don Glendenning Penguin Cove

650 S. R.L. Thornton Freeway

Dallas, TX 75203

WHO: Hatched April 15, African black-footed penguin Marina is the Dallas Zoo’s first-ever penguin chick. Weighing a little more than a C battery at hatch, the chick has grown to a healthy five pounds. Marina is the first baby for proud parents Tazo and Tulip, and is the tenth member of the penguin flock.

This hatch was an African Penguin Species Survival Plan (SSP) breeding recommendation by the Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA) to help ensure the survival of this endangered species. Found in South Africa, these birds have suffered a 90 percent decline in population since the early 1900s. Today, fewer than 50,000 African penguins remain in the wild.