Seven new penguins rockin' it out in Royal Oak at the Detroit Zoo

Published On: Feb 02 2012 02:22:12 PM EST

February is off to a rockin’ start at the Detroit Zoo in Royal Oak.

The zoo welcomed seven rockhopper penguins to the Zoo’s Penguinarium.

The four males and three females range in age from 1 to 26.  They arrived in December from Chicago’s Lincoln Park Zoo after its seabird exhibit closed.

They were held in quarantine for 30 days.  And now they're hanging out with the zoo's other penguins.

“The Detroit Zoo is a great place for these birds because we have a lot of experience working with rockhoppers, and our penguin habitat provides temperature and light conditions similar to their former home. This is especially important for the older penguins as it can sometimes be difficult for them to adjust to environmental changes,” said Detroit Zoological Society Curator of Birds Tom Schneider.

Found in the steep terrain of the sub-Antarctic islands, the rockhopper penguin (Eudyptes chrysocome) gets its name from the way it hops from rock to rock. The rockhopper is among the world's smallest penguin species, standing up to 20 inches tall and weighing about 7 pounds. The black-and-white bird is distinguished by the crest of spiky yellow and black feathers that adorn its head. It has red eyes, a red-orange beak and pink webbed feet. 


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