Two penguin chicks born at NEW Zoo

Penguin chicks are displayed at the NEW Zoo in Suamico Jan. 17, 2018. (WLUK/Jerry Van Handel)

SUAMICO (WLUK) -- The NEW Zoo is celebrating a couple of births.

An African penguin hatched on New Year's Day. Another one hatched four days later. The chicks are being cared for by first-time parents Doodle and Gilligan. The young ones probably won't go on public display until early spring.

According to the NEW Zoo, the species experienced a 95 percent decline in the wild breeding population between 2001 and 2011. Guano harvesting removed the natural nesting habitat of the African penguin in many areas, leaving chicks vulnerable.

In 2017, Association of Zoos & Aquariums member zoos raised more than $193,000 to provide artificial nests for wild penguin colonies.

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