Trio of Penguin Chicks Hatch at Birdland

Humboldt Penguin Chicks at Birdland

Delighted keepers are celebrating the successful hatching of a trio of Humboldt penguin chicks at Birdland Park and Gardens.

All three chicks, which hatched out last month at the Gloucestershire wildlife attraction, are doing well and keepers are happy with their progress.

Birdland is home to a colony of captive-bred Humboldt penguins who live alongside England’s only group of king penguins.

Head Keeper Alistair Keen said: “We’re very pleased with how the chicks, which were hatched by two different pairs, are doing. A couple of years ago we created a series of nesting site within the rockwork of their display.

“The nesting areas mimic those in the wild and definitely seem to be working well as we have had record numbers of eggs born over recent seasons,” he added.

The chicks have arrived just in time for the Park’s Penguin Week celebrations, which run from 25th May to 2nd June, and feature a packed programme of penguin-themed events and activities.

The Humboldt is a South American penguin which can be found in and around coastal Peru and Chile.

The penguin gets its name from the cold water current it swims in, which was discovered by the explorer Alexander von Humboldt.

Humboldt penguins reach a maximum height of 70 cm and weigh up to six kg.

In the wild the penguins are under threat from climate change, overfishing and the acidification of the oceans.

They are now officially listed as ‘Vulnerable’ by the International Union for Conservation of Nature which means they are at immediate or imminent risk of becoming endangered.

With its combination of woodland, riverside and gardens, Birdland features more than 500 birds, ranging from birds of prey and parrots to cassowaries and cranes in a mix of free-flying and aviary displays.

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