Watch penguin chicks hatch on National Aviary's 'nest cam'
The countdown is on for the hatching of two critically endangered African Penguin chicks, and with the installation of a high-resolution infrared penguin nest cam, the National Aviary, on Pittsburgh's North Side, is giving the public the opportunity to watch for their arrival in real time.
The “nest cam” will provide an intimate view of the nesting cave located in the aviary's Penguin Point exhibit, where Sidney and Bette, parents to three other sets of penguins hatched there in 2012, 2013 and 2015, are incubating a pair of eggs.
The eggs were laid on Nov. 7 and 11. The first is expected to hatch between Dec. 14 and 18 and the second between Dec. 18 and 22.
The plan is for the chicks to remain in the nest for the first three weeks, before being moved inside to be cared for, until they are ready to join the others in Penguin Point.
“We are thrilled to give the public this inside view of the arrival of these rare chicks,” says National Aviary executive director Cheryl Tracy in a press release. “Our penguin nest cam provides outstanding camera clarity, and viewers will be able to see the chicks emerge, grow and be cared for by their parents. This is an important opportunity to raise awareness of a critically endangered species that is in rapid decline in the wild, and to learn about the work that the National Aviary is doing to care for and propagate African Penguins.”
African Penguins are listed as endangered on The International Union for Conservation of Nature's red list of threatened species, with less than 25,000 pairs remaining.
The camera and installation services were donated by M&P Security Solutions, a veteran-owned business serving the Pittsburgh area.