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06/02/2013 12:38 pm ET

Penguins In African Costumes Parade At Hakkejima Sea Paradise In Yokohama, Japan (VIDEO)

This is the most adorable video of penguins dressed up in African costumes you'll see all day -- we promise.

This small waddle of black-footed penguins (which are also called Jackass penguins for the braying noise they make) marched in African dress at the Hakkejima Sea Paradise in the Japanese city of Yokohama, near Tokyo, in preparation for Saturday's Tokyo International Conference on African Development. At the summit, Prime Minister Shinzo Abe pledged $1 billion in economic and humanitarian aid to northern Africa over the next five years.

The Hakkejima aquarium also currently has exhibits of butterfly fish from the Congo River and of a rare type of white-lipped tree frog, according to the Japan Broadcasting Corporation.

Unfortunately, black-footed penguins are an endangered species, according to the IUCN Red List, which publishes The Red List of Threatened Species to determine risks of extinction to plants and animals around the world.

The decline in population is due to food shortages resulting from commercial fish catching operations, the Red List explains.

If only their cuteness were enough to make them immortal.

Click the video above to watch, and make sure you watch through the 00:40 mark to see the penguins hop down a staircase (it's a heartwarming thing to watch.)

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