There is an endangered penguin baby boom taking place at Wildlife World Zoo, Aquarium & Safari Park. The park rang in the New Year celebrating the recent birth of 2 endangered African penguin chicks and the celebration continues as 2 more chicks just hatched! These are significant births for Wildlife World, as well as for animal conservation worldwide, as this endangered species is at serious risk of extinction!
Wildlife World has been home to endangered black-footed penguins for decades and continues to experience great success with their endangered penguin breeding program, having raised 6 babies in the past 6 months!
Like many other species of birds, penguins usually stagger the laying of (two) eggs over several days to better ensure at least one chick survives. The chicks are about a week apart in age, and at 2 weeks old, they are noticeably different in size and are being well cared for and fed by both parents. In the wild, if the oldest chick thrives, the younger chick often does not, given its size disadvantage at feeding time. To ensure the survival of both chicks, Wildlife World’s expert penguin team weighs and closely monitors the chick’s health to ensure both are growing and getting enough nutrition.
Black-footed penguins are found on the south and south western coasts of Africa. They are also referred to as African or jackass penguins due to their unique call that sounds similar to a donkey’s bray. The biggest threats to wild penguin populations are declining food supplies, predation from land animals, pollution such as oil spills, and coastal habitat destruction affecting their nest sites.
Wildlife World strives to maximize genetic diversity in the zoological population with their breeding programs. With more than 600 species and 6000 animals on display, there’s always new arrivals at Wildlife World Zoo, Aquarium & Safari Park. Other babies on display include Jr. the sea lion pup, a colobus monkey, spider monkey, twin red handed tamarins & several hoofed animal species and other youngsters throughout the 100-acre park.
As an USDA licensed, private institution, accredited by the Zoological Association of America (ZAA) and the Alliance of Marine Mammal Parks & Aquariums (AMMPA), Wildlife World Zoo, Aquarium & Safari Park receives zero taxpayer funding. No tax dollars have ever been spent to build or operate Wildlife World in its nearly 35-year history.
Wildlife World Zoo, Aquarium & Safari Park is located at 16501 W. Northern Ave., Litchfield Park, AZ (SE corner of State Route 303 and Northern Ave.) Open seven days a week, 365 days a year, including all holidays. Zoo exhibits are open from 9:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. (last Zoo Admission is at 5:00 p.m.) Aquarium exhibits are open from 9:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. Admission includes access to the Zoo, Aquarium and Safari Park.
For more info: (623) 935-WILD (9453) or visit us on Facebook, Instagram, on Twitter @ZooWildlife, and www.WildlifeWorld.com