Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Toronto Zoo Welcomes 4 African Penguin Chicks; Species Is Declining in the Wild

Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Toronto Zoo Welcomes 4 African Penguin Chicks; Species Is Declining in the Wild

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Toronto zoo welcomes 4 African penguin chicks

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TORONTO - The Toronto Zoo says it has successfully hatched four African penguin chicks.

The zoo says of the 18 penguin species around the world, the African penguin is one of the most endangered -- the current population of wild African penguins is less than half of what it was 40 years ago.

It says the first two chicks were laid by a pair named Thandiwe and Matata, who were recommended to breed by the Species Survival Plan, but both eggs had to be given to surrogate parents as the pair didn't sit on the eggs.

The other two chicks were laid by another pair, Eldon and Chupa, and one of their eggs went to a surrogate pair.

The zoo says incubation by the parents occurs for just over a month, then the hatched chicks stay with their parents in the nest for another three weeks. …

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