P...P...P...Pick up a Penguin!
Following on from the successful launch of its very first specially designed penguin pool on the 1st of April 2010, the National Seal Sanctuary is welcoming its final resident penguin.

"There were 6 penguins that needed a home, 5 from Weymouth Sealife Park who all arrived in April and we have been waiting on the 6th penguin who is coming from Scarborough Sealife Centre" said the Sanctuary's Jenna Blacow "Barney failed to find a partner within the penguin group at Scarborough so we are hoping it will be love at first sight for him and Ivy".
Humboldt penguins
Barney will be joining the other resident penguins of the Sanctuary in a purpose built two-storey enclosure which includes Cornwall's only penguin underwater viewing area and a second level for watching them from above! They even have their own little private beach!

"I am due to collect Barney on the 10th November and have fallen foul to several p...p...p...pick up a penguin jokes, although I do quite like the biscuit!" added Jenna.

Humboldt penguins originate from Chile and Peru, where there are estimated to be fewer than 10,000 pairs still surviving. Colonies like the one at the Sanctuary may one day provide a vital lifeline for this endangered species.
"The disappearance of a species like this would be a tragic loss to the animal kingdom and we're very proud to be a part of such a great cause!" continued Jenna.

If you would like to see this blossoming romance unfold the Sanctuary opens everyday at 10am except Christmas Day.

Barney will be with us on Thursday and the introduction to his new family could provide a good photo opportunity.

Time: 10am
Date: Thursday 11th November 2010
Venue: National Seal Sanctuary, Gweek, Cornwall
Press release issued by: The National Seal Sanctuary
Steph Waller or Jenna Blacow on 01326 221361
Date: 8th November 2010