PENGUIN CHICKS AT WMSP

 
PENGUIN CHICKS AT WMSP
PENGUIN CHICKS AT WMSP

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  • Feature Reference: 00912812_000005
  • Date: 20190618
  • Headline: PENGUIN CHICKS AT WMSP
  • Caption: *MANDATORY BYLINE* PIC FROM WMSP/Caters News - (PICTURED:The chicks are part of an international breeding programme to safeguard this vulnerable species.) - West Midland Safari Parkhears the pitter patter of little penguin feet. The Park has just welcomed some fluffynew arrivals in Penguin Cove.Two grey Humboldt penguin chicks, namedHotdog and Haggis, have emerged from their nests and are starting to explore their new home.In 2019, all of the Parks newbornsnames have to begin with the letter H, a creative strategy which was combined with a food theme for this particular arrival.At just five and seven weeks old, the cute chicks are being supervised by the beady eyes of couples Elm and Elder and Ash and Juniper.Head Keeper of the Discovery Trail, Amy Sewell, said, We have a colony of 19 adult Humboldt penguins at the Park, whichare involved in a European Breeding Programme, These penguins arevulnerable in the wild, with numbers as low as 12,000 just 4,000 breeding pairs, Both chicks are doingreally well and this breeding effort will go towards safeguarding the future survival of the Humboldt penguin. People may be able to catch a glimpseof these adorable little penguins very soon, as they have been given the O.K. by the Parks vets. ENDS - WMSP/Caters News//CATERSNEWSAGENCY_CATERS012182/1906201541/Credit:CATERS/SIPA/1906201542
  • Authors: CATERS/SIPA