2 Male Penguins Welcome Cubs as New York Zoo’s First Same-Sex Foster Parents NPR

A pair of male penguins named Elmer and Lima just became the first same-sex couple to raise an egg together at New York’s Rosamond Gifford Zoo. They have been taking care of the chick since it hatched on January 1st.

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A pair of male penguins named Elmer and Lima just became the first same-sex couple to raise an egg together at New York’s Rosamond Gifford Zoo. They have been taking care of the chick since it hatched on January 1st.

Rosamond Gifford Zoo

The Rosamond Gifford Zoo in Syracuse, NY has at times used foster parents to hatch penguin eggs — but these pairs have always consisted of one male and one female.

Last year, after testing their rearing skills, zoo staff decided to entrust one of those eggs to two males: Elmer and Lima. The couple welcomed a healthy chick on January 1, making them first-time fathers and the zoo’s first same-sex foster parents to successfully hatch an egg.

“Elmer and Lima’s success in fostering is another story our zoo can share to help people of all ages and backgrounds connect with animals,” said Zoo Director Ted Fox.

Elmer and Lima hatched at the zoo in 2016 and 2019, respectively, and have formed a pair bond for the current breeding season, the zoo said in a release. Both are Humboldt penguins that are native to South America and are classified as “Vulnerable” due to climate change and habitat loss.

As part of the Humboldt Penguin Species Survival Plan, the zoo has its own sizable penguin colony and has hatched more than 55 chicks in nearly two decades.

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