Saturday, 16 March 2013
BABY PENGUIN PRODUCTION LINE IN FULL SWING…..
BABY PENGUIN PRODUCTION LINE IN FULL SWING AT SEAVIEW WILDLIFE ENCOUNTER!
An explosion of the cutest of chicks is anticipated once again this Spring at Seaview Wildlife that house an impressive collection of endangered Humboldt Penguins. Last year the breeding pairs produced 18 chicks for a new penguin exhibit being opened at Longleat Safari Park in Wiltshire and this year the Park has been asked to mirror image last years successful strategy of producing healthy chicks for the world famous Zoo.
In the wild Humboldt Penguin numbers are dwindling due to environmental factors, human interference and the harsh conditions that they live in. Not so at Seaview where the pampered conditions are second to none! With no expense spared and Longleat providing state of the art incubators and equipment to ensure that the chicks have the best possible start.
Lorraine Adams Park Director said... 'the penguin egg assembly line had started in earnest with to date 8 eggs laid with an estimated 12 more possible pairs successfully producing two fertile eggs each . Hatching will start around the beginning of April and into early May where the chicks will be hand-reared in their early days at Seaview and then moved to Longleat where their keepers will take over the responsibility of rearing these precious penguins.