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Squawk Season At ZSL London Zoo 

Zookeepers at ZSL London Zoo swoop in and hand-rear 5 lovable penguin chicks  

Zookeepers at ZSL London Zoo have their arms full within the penguin nursery this month – feeding and caring for 5 hungry Humboldt penguin chicks, after their mother and father have been unable to take care of them.  

Penguin chicks under heat lamps at ZSL London Zoo (c) ZSL

Penguin chicks hatch at London Zoo 2 (c) ZSL
Penguin chicks hatch at London Zoo 2 (c) ZSL
Penguin chicks hatch at London Zoo 2 (c) ZSL
Penguin chicks hatch at London Zoo 2 (c) ZSL
Penguin chicks hatch at London Zoo 2 (c) ZSL
Penguin chicks hatch at London Zoo 2 (c) ZSL
Penguin chicks hatch at London Zoo 2 (c) ZSL

The fluffy fivesome – who all hatched on the conservation zoo between Saturday 14 and Sunday 24 April – have spent 4 weeks cosying as much as a cuddly toy penguin beneath the warming glow of a warmth lamp, with devoted keepers wanting after them in shifts. 

ZSL London Zoo penguin keeper Suzi Hyde stated: “Throughout breeding season, we examine the nests on Penguin Seashore on daily basis, preserving an eye fixed out for any chicks who may not be feeding sufficient or whose mother and father are struggling to care for his or her brood.  

“These 5 chicks all had first-time mother and father who wanted a bit of bit of additional help, so we have been glad to swoop in – with a bit of assist from a couple of smooth toy penguins, donated by the Zoo store, for them to snuggle as much as.” 

Lined in smooth gray feathers, the tiny flightless birds are weighed each morning and hand-fed thrice a day with a particular weight loss program of blended fish, nutritional vitamins and minerals – referred to by ZSL London Zoo’s keepers as a ‘penguin milkshake’; as they develop greater, they’ll even be weaned onto small parts of contemporary fish to help their growth.   

The as but unsexed chicks are anticipated to remain within the nursery till they every attain 10-weeks-old, by which era they need to have grown from 73g at hatch, to round 3kg in weight. 

They’re going to then transfer into the Zoo’s nursery pool, which has shallow water for swimming classes, earlier than finally being launched to the 62 different penguins and their 1500sqm Penguin Seashore pool – the most important within the UK. 

“The chicks have all steadily elevated in weight by 10 per cent every day, in order that they’re rising in a short time,” stated Suzi. “They’re all the time keen for his or her subsequent meal and ensure we all know it’s feeding time – they might be solely a month previous, however they’ve undoubtedly perfected their squawk!” 

In celebration of ZSL Patron HM The Queen’s Platinum Jubilee, the 5 chicks have all been named after necessary moments in Her Majesty’s 70-year reign: Hillary, after Sir Edmund Hillary scaling Everest in 1953; Apollo, to mark the moon touchdown in 1969; Bobby, in honour of England captain Bobby Moore main a World Cup win in 1966; Bernie, after Tim Berners-Lee, who invented the web in 1989; and Mac, after Ellen MacArthur, who sailed all over the world continuous to set a brand new world document in 2005. 

Suzi added: “When these 5 chicks arrived, we determined to mark Her Majesty’s Platinum Jubilee by naming them Hillary, Apollo, Bobby, Bernie and Mac, after among the historic moments which have taken place throughout her unbelievable reign.  

“We’re excitedly counting right down to the Zoo’s Zoobilee Competition, which is able to happen between Saturday 28 Could and Sunday 5 June – a Jubilee celebration that includes garden video games, candy treats and a brand new outside gallery paying tribute to ZSL’s longest-serving royal patron.” 

Have a good time the Jubilee and revel in a fantastic household day trip this Could half-term with the Zoobilee Competition at ZSL London Zoo – e-book your tickets now at    



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