How One Aquarium Is Helping Penguins Get Frisky
New England Aquarium giving them 'honeymoon suites'
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Apr 18, 2015 12:05 PM CDT
A female African penguin chick takes its first public swim at the California Academy of Sciences in San Francisco. The New England Aquarium is trying to get some new baby penguins, too.   (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu)

(Newser) – The New England Aquarium wants its endangered African penguins to get a little steamy. Aquarium experts are playing matchmaker behind the scenes to encourage eight pairs of African penguins to breed more chicks. Biologists say that will help a population that's expected to be extinct in the wild by 2025 to continue to thrive in captivity. The Boston facility is giving its penguins "honeymoon suites"—cozy plastic igloo-style homes and other private nooks off the main exhibit designed to get them in the mood.

 

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