The California Academy of Sciences at Golden Gate Park is ready to show off their newest addition to the museum – a two-month -old male African penguin that made his debut on Wednesday. Since hatching a couple of months ago, the chick has been living with his parents in a private nest that allows the family quality bonding time. But there’s just one thing to address…he doesn’t have a name.

To celebrate this momentous event, a contest to name the new penguin is being held by the California Academy of Sciences. The winner will receive a painting created by the new chick – with a little guidance from the Academy staff, of course. Anyone can join in the fun in naming the baby penguin.

The Academy’s Name the Penguin Chick Contest will run until April 30, 2013, where the Academy staff will then choose the top three names based on originality and a connection to the Academy’s mission to “explore, explain and sustain life.” The final three names will then undergo a public voting process, and the winning name will be announced during a naming ceremony in May.

The significance of the new penguin’s arrival is great. In 2010, African penguins were classified as an endangered species, and this is the first chick to hatch since the new Academy opened its doors in Golden Gate Park in 2008.

If you are unable to pay a visit to the California Academy of Sciences, the new chick is featured on the museum’s online Penguin Cam. You can also download the Pocket Penguins mobile app, where live feedings are broadcast daily at 10:30 a.m. and 3:00 p.m. – Pacific Time.

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