Penguins, the new feature for 2010

Feathered friends Waddles and Godfrey are the latest penguin couple joined the flock at the Cornish Seal Sanctuary in December 2015.

The devoted pair were formerly part of a 20-bird colony at the Seaview Wildlife Encounter on the Isle of Wight, which has closed down after 44 years.
New Penguin Couple Settle in at the Sanctuary
New Penguin Couple Settle in at the Sanctuary Other members of the colony have been re-homed at the SEA LIFE centres in Great Yarmouth, Hunstanton and Weymouth.

"Waddles and Godfrey are the seventh and eighth members of our own little Humboldt penguin colony, and have settled in really quickly, " said animal care team leader Tamara Cooper.
"They are naturally sociable birds and our residents gave them a nice warm welcome.

"Just to confuse everyone Godfrey is actually the girl and Waddles is the boy, so presumably Godfrey was christened before her gender was confirmed."
New Penguin Couple Settle in at the Sanctuary
New Penguin Couple Settle in at the Sanctuary The Isle of Wight attraction cited the seasonal nature of its operations and stiffer legislation as the reasons behind its closure.

Its owners were relieved to receive the offer to rehome their beloved penguins, among them arthritic 20-year-old bird Dippy who has found the perfect new home - a pool with an access ramp - at Great Yarmouth SEA LIFE Centre.
"Waddles and Godfrey are well on the way to forming tight bonds with our other residents Gilbert, Piran, Ivy, Lola and Pine," said Tamara, "and we´re sure they´re going to be popular new additions with our visitors too."

Humboldt penguins are native to the coasts of Chile and Peru, but habitat loss and depletion of their food supply due to overfishing have reduced the wild population to a mere 10,000 pairs.

Photos right & above Credit - Asa Samuel
New Penguin Couple Settle in at the Sanctuary


Press Release issued by the Cornish Seal Sanctuary
For more details, please contact Georgina Shannon on 01326 221361
Issue Date: 14th December 2015

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