Twycross Zoo, Leicestershire is celebrating the arrival of its first Humboldt penguin chicks of the year.
The fluffy duo have hatched just in time for Easter, to the delight of keepers who expect to see many more chicks appear soon. The new penguin arrivals are now being cared for by proud penguin parents Dory and Fin, one of the six breeding pairs at the zoo.
Humboldt penguin numbers are under threat in the wild, due to habitat loss, low food supply, and human disturbance. This has lead to them being listed as Endangered on the IUCN Red List, with less than 30,000 Humboldt penguins now remaining.
Twycross Zoo has been working with experts for many years to support the conservation of this much loved species, with the zoo having seen the arrival of over 100 chicks since 1969.
Twycross is also doing its part to safeguard all marine life by using only sustainably sourced herring to feed its penguins. Humans also get to feast on sustainable fish at all of the zoo’s eateries, which it hopes will inspire visitors to think more about supporting the world’s oceans.
Yianna Cooling, Team Leader for Large Mammals, Birds and Pets, said, “We are so happy to see the first of our penguin chicks arrive, and just in time for everyone to come say hello at Easter! The family are all doing really well and the chicks are being kept well fed by mum and dad.”
Watch a link featuring the proud penguin parents here – Twycross Zoo video.
For more information and to book tickets visit www.twycrosszoo.org or call 0844 474 1777.