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New baby penguins at Paradise Wildlife Park

PUBLISHED: 15:57 04 November 2019 | UPDATED: 15:57 04 November 2019

One of the new African penguin chicks at Paradise Wildlife Park

One of the new African penguin chicks at Paradise Wildlife Park

Paradise Wildlife Park

'Happy, healthy and adorable' bundles of fluff are the newest animal additions

'Happy, healthy and adorable' bundles of fluff are the newest animal editions at Paradise Wildlife Park.

Three African penguin chicks have joined a 20-strong penguin family at the zoo in Broxbourne. The birds are being monitored with weekly weigh-ins to ensure they are getting enough food from parents Tanesha and Rufaro and to get them used to human contact. Penguin chicks stay close to the nest for six to nine months, but one of the new arrivals has shown a bit more courage, venturing out earlier than expected, the zoo said.

The chicks are part of a conservation effort for the African penguin which is more important than ever, said Tom Clark, deputy head of birds at the park. He added, 'With only 22,000 of the species left in the world, Paradise Wildlife Park strives to maintain a sustainable and diverse penguin population and our latest penguin babies are the perfect addition to our healthy penguin ecosystem.'

The park supports the charity SANCCOB. whose mission is to reverse the decline of coastal seabirds. A Facebook competition to name the baby penguins is planned.

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