Ross Park Zoo is announcing a first of its kind at the Binghamton facility: the successful hatching of an African Penguin.  The chick hatched June 20th.  

Ross Park Zoo photo

 

There have been penguins at the zoo since a public fundraising effort launched by 99-1 the Whale was able to result in the opening of the exhibit in 1997. 

The African Penguin is an endangered species.  Ross Park says there are only 52,000 birds remaining in the wild. 

Due restrictions on areas that can be open at the zoo because of the pandemic, the penguin exhibit is not available for visitors. 

Other parts of the zoo are open with social distancing, mask-wearing and sanitation stations.  The zoo on Morgan Road is open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily with general admission set at $7 per person.  For information, call (607) 724-5461 or go to rossparkzoo.org.