Penguins Arrive at The National Seal Sanctuary!
The National Seal Sanctuary is launching its very first specially designed penguin pool on the 1st of April 2010!

The colony of Humboldt penguins will be joining 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!

"There are 6 penguins that needed a home and were asked if we would like to have them. We have the room so we said yes! All the staff are so excited!" said the Sanctuary's Laura Ward.

Five of the new residents will be coming from Weymouth - four little chicks & an adult and an adult from Scarborough.
An image of a Humboldt Penguin
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!" added Laura.

The enclosure is currently under construction and is due to be completed on the 26th March 2010. To welcome the new penguins, the Sanctuary is having an exciting opening ceremony on the 1st April 2010.

Cornish girl band 'Eden' will perform the opening ceremony, as well as give a fantastic performance including their new debut single 'Steal The Night'.

The Sanctuary opens at 10am, with the official opening being held at 11.30am.

Press Release issued by: The National Seal Sanctuary
For more information please contact Laura Ward on 01326 221361
Date: 12th March 2010

Journalists are welcome to visit the Sanctuary to view the current construction of the penguin pool

Photo: An image of a Humboldt Penguin