A Trio of Penguins Chicks!

A trio of penguin chicks has hatched out at Birdland Park & Gardens.

All three chicks, which were born earlier this month at Birdland, are doing well and keepers are pleased to see how they are rapidly growing.

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

Head Keeper, Alistair Keen said: “This year 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 there are a number of pairs who have been sitting on eggs and displaying typical courtship and nesting behaviour,” he added.

Penguin Facts!

Originally from South America, the Humboldt penguin is 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 and can reach over 30 years old in captivity.

In the wild the Humboldt 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.

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