Paradise Wildlife Park announce the hatching of two Endangered African Penguin chicks International African Penguin Awareness Day approaches this weekend. Just over a month ago on September 11, Paradise’s bird keepers arrived at the zoo to discover two new additions to their penguin colony snuggled up under the feathers of the parents Albert and Akiki.
The chicks have grown “strong and healthy” since hatching under the careful watchful eye of their parents and the bird-keeping team at Paradise Wildlife Park. With the first weigh-in on Tuesday (October 11), both twins around just over one kilogram which is a “great” and “healthy” number one month in, according to the bird keepers.
The birth of the penguin chick twins brings the Herts wildlife park colony number of African penguins to 19. With the parents Albert and Akiki doing “exceptionally well” in caring for their young, including last year’s chick Marli checking in too.
This announcement comes as this weekend Paradise Wildlife Park celebrates International African Penguin Awareness Day. The day will be enjoyed on Saturday (October 15) for African penguins, who are part of the European Ex-situ programme (EEP).
The EEP – a governing body aimed at protecting and conserving the health and genetic pools of endangered species – are currently recognised by the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) where African penguins are listed as “Endangered” due to changes in habitats and environment.
This success within the breeding program is a positive moment within the zoo community and for their wild counterparts. Paradise Wildlife Park helps support the conservation of Endangered African penguins in the wild through the work of SANCCOB .
SANCCOB is a not-for-profit organisation that helps reverse the decline of seabird populations through the rescue, rehabilitation and release of ill, injured, abandoned and oiled seabirds.
With the hope that through their efforts and support of conservation charities penguins like many other species will be around for generations to come. For more information, visit Paradise Wildlife Park’s website here.