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Ross Park Zoo announces birth of baby penguin

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BINGHAMTON (WBNG) -- There is one more penguin at the Ross Park Zoo!

Zoo officials announced the birth of an African penguin chick Monday morning. The penguin was born on June 20.

This was the first penguin hatched at the zoo since they became staple exhibit in 1997.

He was born to parents Adasha and Howard.

Officials say the baby penguin is healthy, growing and gaining weight everyday.

The African penguin is an endangered species, the zoo says. Only 52,000 remain in the wilderness.

According to the zoo, the decline in their population is caused by humans destroying African penguin nesting sites with heavy equipment to collect their droppings to use for fertilization.

Due to COVID-19, the African penguin exhibit at Ross Park Zoo is closed.

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