RZSS Edinburgh Zoo welcomed the first Northern rockhopper penguin chicks of the year when four new arrivals hatched earlier this week.
Although currently closed to the public, the tiny chicks can be seen on the Zoo’s live webcams, where it is hoped more will appear over the coming weeks.
Dawn Nicoll, senior penguin keeper, said, “Northern rockhopper penguins are an endangered species so it is really exciting to welcome new chicks to the colony. The first 30 days are critical for their development, so we’ll keeping a close eye on them at this sensitive time.
“We counted 14 eggs in total and four chicks have hatched so far, so fingers crossed there’ll be more good news to come. Last year we welcomed four youngsters which was the most successful breeding season we’ve had for the species at the zoo for many years.
“It has been amazing to see how many people have tuned into the webcams so far and fantastic for them to be able to see the chicks as they grow, even if they can’t yet visit in person.
“Being closed means we have no visitor income and it costs £55,000 to feed our animals each month. People can help look after our newly hatched penguins and protect their cousins in the wild by donating on our website.”