Penguins Arrived at New Home

A luxury home for penguins has been completed at Hunstanton Sea Life Sanctuary.

The original Humboldt penguin colony has now returned, along with some new additions from Sea Life centres across Europe.

The new additions to the colony include penguins from Scarborough, Holland and Belgium. Growing the original penguin colony from ten birds to twenty-two.
Penguins Arrived At New Home
Penguins Arrived At New Home The new arrivals will help increase the genetic diversity within the colony and the animal care team hope it will lead to contributing further to the Sea Life Captive Breeding program in the future.
"We are all very excited to welcome back our original colony and hope the new arrivals will bond well with our original colony, several of the birds, including "Fluffy McFluffyface", (photo right) our first penguin chick who was born at the sanctuary last year hasn´t found a partner yet and we have high hopes the new females will be interested," said lead aquarist Natalie Emmerson. Fluffy McFluffyface
Penguins Arrived At New Home The new enclosure at the Sea Life Centre features a wooden walkway complete with viewing veranda, enabling visitors to get even closer, a deep dive pool and extensive beach and landscaped area to resemble the rugged South American coastline where they would live in the wild.
"Penguins partner for life and are already starting to socialise altogether and displaying wooing behaviour to attract a partner.

It´s very much evident some of the younger males are already interested in a female" Natalie continued.
Penguins Arrived At New Home
Penguins Arrived At New Home Humboldt penguins are native to the Pacific coasts of South America, where their numbers have declined rapidly as a result of habitat loss, industrial development, commercial guano removal and the El Nino effect.

This species of penguin has been classified as vulnerable since the year 2000 and it is thought there are fewer than 32,000 left in the wild.

Penguin Beach enclosure opens to the public 29th March 2018.

Press Release issued by the Hunstanton SEA LIFE Sanctuary
For more details please contact: Adam Makinson on 01485 533576
Date: 29th March 2018

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