Five new endangered African penguin chicks joined the Maryland Zoo’s colony this Wednesday.
The news comes from their Twitter, as the zoo writes “Look alive, we’ve got another 5️⃣…#endangered African penguin chicks that is! The chick count is currently at 8️⃣, but #penguin breeding season is far from over. We can’t wait to introduce you to more hatchlings soon!🐧READ MORE: Hundreds Of COVID-19 Tests Thrown Out From Ripken Stadium After Lab Shuts Down Over Outbreak
These penguins are part of the annual breeding season that the zoo regularly facilitates.
According to their website, the zoo notes that African penguins have historically faced numerous threats contributing to their endangered status, such as oil spills and having to compete with fisheries for food.READ MORE: Maryland Weather: Nor'Easter Snowstorm Arrives
The Maryland Zoo has been working to save these penguins through its successful breeding program.
They currently manage the largest colony of endangered African penguins in North America and have hatched more than 1,000 African penguins.MORE NEWS: 'I Am Innocent': Marilyn Mosby Talks To Churchgoers About Federal Charges
The breeding season is expected to run through February with more African penguins on the way.