Zoo delighted by first endangered penguin chick of the season

A city zoo has welcomed its first endangered breeding season Nordic rockhopper penguin chick.

The chick lives at Edinburgh Zoo after hatching from mother Bruscetta and father Balboa on April 18.

The conservation charity workers are confident that gentoo penguin eggs will hatch soon too.

The zookeepers were happy to welcome the chick that arrived today (Sunday) on time for World Penguin Day.

Sean Meechan, senior penguin keeper at Edinburgh Zoo, said: “Nordic rockhopper penguins are at risk from climate change, changes in marine ecosystems and overfishing. So it’s very exciting to welcome a new chick to the zoo.

“The first 30 days are crucial for their development, so we will be watching them closely during this sensitive time.

“Last year we welcomed two rockhopper chicks from the north, Ronda and Blake, who have settled well in the colony.

“We are also waiting for our donkey eggs to hatch and hope that this will begin in the coming weeks.”

The Royal Zoological Society of Scotland (RZSS), which owns the zoo, is part of the European breeding program for northern rockhopper penguins.

The RZSS said it had also helped protect the species in the wild for years, including performing genetic analysis to understand how related populations are in the remote archipelagos they live on.

Edinburgh Zoo reopened to locals on February 26th and is ready to welcome visitors from elsewhere on April 26th, as well as reopen indoor areas.

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