Paradise Wildlife Park in Hertfordshire has welcomed a trio of endangered African penguin chicks to its collection, just in time for Christmas.
The three fluffy new arrivals hatched late in November and have been doing very well within the park’s new, award winning Penguin Falls enclosure, under the watchful eye of their parents.
Paradise is one of only two zoos in the UK to breed the African penguin species. The dedication and hard work of the keepers means that the birds have settled well into their new space and that the penguins are now breeding successfully.
The design of the new Penguin Falls enclosure is based on the penguins’ homeland South of Africa and provides much needed space for the colony.
ZSH Managing Director, Lynn Whitnall, said;
“The birth of our African Penguins is fantastic news with which to end an amazing year. 2017 saw not only the launch of our ZSH charity but also the birth of Kiera, our Jaguar Cub. As a zoo we’re crucially aware that our purpose will always be questioned so it’s great to report yet again that we’re making a difference.
“At Paradise Wildlife Park, we’ve always made the wellbeing of our animals and the preservation of the wider natural world our prime focus.
The birth of more endangered animals underlines again that organisations such as our own really can help to turn back the clock on the extinction epidemic that’s blighting our world.”
Paradise Wildlife Park’s animal conservation work is part of the European Endangered Species Breeding Programme. Successful births in the past year alone have included African penguin, lar gibbon, cotton top tamarin, silvery marmoset and red ruff lemur.
For further information on visiting Paradise Wildlife Park go to www.pwpark.com