About the Contest
Members are invited to submit their names for one of the Aquarium's newly hatched African penguin chicks! Aquarium biologists will choose their favorite name as the winner. In the event that the winning name is submitted by multiple people, the first person to submit the name will win. Contest closes at 5:00 p.m. on August 8, so enter today!
Penguin Chick Naming Tips
The penguin chick needs a name that teaches visitors something about African penguins. For example, here are the names of some of some African penguins at the Aquarium.
- Pilchard—He is named after a species of small schooling fish that are a main food source for African penguins. This name was the winner of our last penguin chick naming contest. Read more about Pilchard.
- Pip—He is named after the lengthy process that penguin chicks go through to break out of their shell: pipping. Read more about penguin breeding.
- Sanccob—He is named after the South African National Foundation for Conservation of Coastal Birds (SAANCOB), a penguin conservation organization. Visit their website.
- Roast Beef and Plum Pudding—These African penguin brothers are named after breeding islands off the coast of Namibia. Sailors named the islands after food because they were hungry. Read more.
- Pikkewynne—He is named after the word for penguin in Afrikaans, a language spoken in South Africa. Learn more words in Afrikaans.
- Robben II—She is named after Robben Island, which is home to the world’s third largest African penguin breeding colony. Read more.
Here are some helpful links:
- Read about the African penguins.
- Browse through African penguin posts on the penguin blog.
- Browse through the Teacher’s Guide about penguins.
- More in-depth scientific information about African penguins is available here.