Penguin Summer Camp Is Open

The Penguin Post has learned that a Summer camp for penguin chicks has opened in of all places, Wales in the United Kingdom.  Summer camp might be in full swing for children all over the world, but for another set of waddling youngsters, a very unique camp has started to the delight of people and penguins alike.

Cogsworth and Thumper are in a flap about starting school.

Cogsworth and Thumper are in a flap about starting school.

The first two penguin chicks at the Folly Farm Zoo in Wales have fledged from the nest and been taken into a special penguin nursery enclosure where they will learn many key penguin survival skills and have lots of fun at the same time. All five penguin chicks at the zoo have been named after Disney characters – Cogsworth, Bagheera, Abu, Scuttle and Thumper.

Eventually the penguin chicks will re-join their families in the main enclosure

Eventually the penguin chicks will re-join their families in the main enclosure

After a few months at Penguin Camp they will graduate back into the zoo’s penguin community.  In the wild, half of all penguin chicks won’t survive by themselves. As they are African Penguins and an endangered species, Folly Farm is one of many zoos that takes the young orphaned penguins into a nursery enclosure until their waterproof feathers are fully grown, and they have learned to eat independently.

Abu the penguin will learn the 'bare necessities' at school

Abu the penguin will learn the ‘bare necessities’ at school

Folly Farm currently has 35 penguins, including the five new penguin chicks. The eldest penguin, at 22 years of age, is Holly, closely followed by her partner of some 20 years, Harry. Penguin life expectancy is around 22 in the wild and 30 in captivity.

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