Henry Vilas Zoo welcomes baby penguins

MADISON (WKOW) -- Dane County’s Henry Vilas is welcoming the birth of two new African penguin chicks.

The two female chicks were born three days apart, on Jan. 14 and Jan. 17. The chicks will be named later this month.

“We are excited to welcome these two new African penguin chicks to the Henry Vilas Zoo family,” said Dane County Executive Joe Parisi in a news release. “We are proud of the long history Henry Vilas Zoo has with penguin conservation. Many thanks to our staff for taking care of these newest additions and keeping them healthy.”

Henry Vilas Zoo participates in a Species Survival Plan (SSP) developed by the Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA) to oversee the population management of select species and enhance conservation of species in the wild, according to the news release.

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