Rome zoo opens new area for African penguins

  • A jackass penguin is reflected on the glass of a pool during the presentation to journalists of this endangered specie at the Rome’s zoo, Thursday, Dec. 27, 2018. (AP Photo/Alessandra Tarantino)

  • Jackass penguins swim in a pool during the presentation to journalists of this endangered specie at the Rome’s zoo, Thursday, Dec. 27, 2018. (AP Photo/Alessandra Tarantino)

  • Jackass penguins are fed with fish during the presentation to journalists of this endangered specie at the Rome’s zoo, Thursday, Dec. 27, 2018. (AP Photo/Alessandra Tarantino)

ROME — A new area for penguins opened at Rome’s Bioparco zoo on Thursday.

The 18 African penguins arrived in the Italian capital from zoos in Turin, northern Italy, and Bristol, England.

The transfer was part of the European Endangered Species Program, which aims to preserve a population of healthy endangered animals in captivity.

Half of the penguins are female, half are male, and they are all between 2 and 4 years old.

African penguins are an endangered species, according to the International Union for Conservation of Nature.

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