These 11 Endangered Baby Animals Making a Comeback Will Give You Hope for the World
Conservation efforts are tough, but here’s some good news: Adorable babies from a dozen endangered species that represent some of the successful preservation programs at zoos and reserves today.
Rebecca Simpson Steele for Reader's Digest
The editors at Reader’s Digest were lucky to have a visit from Winnie and Lilly, two young African penguins from the Maryland Zoo in Baltimore. That zoo—which runs a successful breeding program for the endangered waterfowl—has around 60 of the birds on exhibit, and Winnie (seen here) and Lilly serve as two of their group’s ambassadors. Between 1956 and 2009, the wild population of African penguins plunged 60.5 percent, and today roughly 25,000 pairs exist in Africa. Guano collection and egg collection have greatly decreased their numbers, as have oil spills. To find out more about the efforts to preserve their species, go to aza.org/SAFE, and make sure you know these 13 incredible facts about penguins.