Shedd Aquarium confirms female gender of rockhopper penguin chick

During a gender reveal party, Shedd Aquarium announced that its newest rockhopper penguin chick hatched in June 2013, is a female. (Shedd Aquarium)

March 24, 2014 1:25:03 PM PDT
Shedd Aquarium said its newest rockhopper penguin chick hatched last June is female.

The rockhopper penguin's gender had not been determined until recent genetic tests were performed on the chick, the aquarium said in a release.

Shedd's penguins have started gathering materials to make nests for breeding season. Since 1994, the annual nesting activities have been part of the successful penguin breeding program at Shedd.

During the first week of April, aquarium members will have the exclusive opportunity to name the penguin chick, the release said.