Ripley’s Aquarium of Myrtle Beach is proud to welcome its second penguin born at Penguin Playhouse. Births like Plyler’s help us foster environmental education, conservation, and research, while simultaneously providing entertainment and wonder for visitors of all ages.
Plyler the African penguin hatched on August 21, 2021. After welcoming Egerton to the colony in 2020, Plyler pushes Ripley’s Aquarium of Myrtle Beach toward our goal of “three chicks in three years” as a part of the Association of Zoos and Aquariums’ Species Survival Plan to help save endangered animals.
Mated pair Jimmy and Maggie appear to be leading the charge on the Aquarium’s “three chicks in three years” initiative, as they reared both Egerton and Plyler. But the burden isn’t just resting on Maggie’s wings, there’s at least six other mated pairs in the Penguin Playhouse colony that could help populate the endangered African penguin species!