Wild on WANE: Baby Penguins

If you visit the Fort Wayne Children’s Zoo this season, you’ll see several new additions, including Echo and Blue. These two baby African penguins are just a few months old.

Female black-footed penguins will lay their eggs, then incubate them for 36-42 days. After the babies hatch, the parents will raise them for about the first 3 weeks. After that, zoo staff pull them to help them build a relationship with the keepers and learn how to eat from them.

These new babies are not only important for the zoo, but for the species. Black-footed penguins are endangered, with only about 2% of their population still in the wild due to over-fishing and habitat destruction. There are breeding recommendations for some of the other African penguins at the zoo, so more babies may be possible in the future!

Wild on WANE airs each Thursday on First News and First At 5, and each weekend on First News Saturday.

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