Clownfish and certain damselfish are the only species of fishes that can avoid the potent poison of a sea anemone. This is due to a layer of mucus on the clownfish’s skin that makes it immune to the fish-eating anemone’s lethal sting.

New Arrivals

Humboldt Penguin Chicks

The Rosamond Gifford Zoo's 40th Humboldt penguin chick hatched on January 9, 2015 to Mario and Montaña and weighed 79 grams. The 41st chick hatched on January 17 to Frederico and Poquita and weighed 65 grams. The 42nd chick hatched on January 21 to Frederico and Poquita and weighed 61 grams.

Zoo staff determined a gender for the 41st chick, which is a girl. Staff asked Onondaga County Executive Joanie Mahoney to help name the chick. She chose Lucia, which means "light."

Once genders are determined for the 40th and 42nd chicks, the zoo will hold an online community naming contest. The contest will be announced on the zoo's website and social media platforms.

Humboldt penguins live along the coast of Peru and Chile in the Humboldt Current. They are endangered, with an estimated 10,000 to 12,000 surviving in the wild.

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Longsnout Seahorses

The Rosamond Gifford Zoo is pleased to announce the addition of the longsnout seahorse to its aquatic collection.

The group, which can be seen on exhibit in the aquarium located in the zoo's Adaptation of Animals area, across from the sloths.

This species can reach sizes of up to seven inches, larger than any other species the zoo has had previously. They have particularly vivid coloration to blend in with their environment.

Like all species of seahorse, they have very interesting social behavior which makes them especially fun to watch.

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Violet Turaco Chick

A violet turaco chick hatched at the Rosamond Gifford Zoo on November 15, 2014.

The chick can now be seen on exhibit with its parents in the Diversity of Birds area.

The hatching of this turaco chick is valuable to the genetic pool, as its parents are founders for the North American population.

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