Chick Humboldt penguin from a zoo in Kansas city

In natural habitat the Humboldt penguin is threatened with extinction. The Kansas city zoo (Kansas City Zoo) is doing everything possible to restore the rapidly dwindling population of these birds in captivity.

Photo: Kansas City Zoo

This fluffy baby in the photograph, was born on may 25. His parents are watching him and feed him in turn. The pair have been carefully selected in accordance with the most stringent requirements.

According to the staff of this wildlife Park, a nest with a chick is located directly opposite the glass wall of the exhibition complex "Penguins", so that the chick and its parents is easy to observe. After a couple of weeks the baby will be able to begin their first independent study of the world around him.

Baby penguin is the first offspring of Humboldt penguins born at the zoo this year. After the chick hatched, he almost immediately found himself in the caring hands of the staff of the Kansas city zoo. He passed his first medical examination, during which he revealed that he's perfectly healthy and active. The sex of the baby yet to be determined.

Home to Humboldt penguins is Peru and Chile (South America) where the cold Peruvian current, hence its second name, the Peruvian penguin. Old birds their nests along the rocky coast, where they can easily go hunting, to catch fish and feed their offspring.

The number of Humboldt penguins reduced every year. Therefore, they are taken under the auspices of the International Union for conservation of nature (IUCN). One of the main reasons for the population decline is climate change, which reduces the number of fish migrating to cooler waters.

Sometimes the fish swims so far from shore that the penguins have to spend a lot of effort and energy to get to her. In this pursuit of food birds often die without getting back to his native shore. In total there are about 12 000 pairs of individuals of Humboldt penguins, which are able to produce offspring.



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