SEA LIFE London Aquarium will be reopening its popular penguin display in late May 2016 as Penguin Point: an expanded state-of-the-art viewing and learning experience complete with a colony of Gentoo penguins.
The new Antarctic-themed experience will give visitors a fascinating insight into the habitat and behaviour of penguins and explain how we can all play our part in conserving their environment whilst providing the opportunity for close range viewing of a delightful colony of resident Gentoo penguins.
Ten Gentoo penguins will be resident in the bespoke new enclosure which has been carefully designed to reflect the needs of the species. The significantly enlarged area features two pools, a waterfall, underwater jets, rocks and landing areas and ice flakes. The indoor location of the enclosure will enable SEA LIFE’s expert Penguin Keepers to carefully control temperature, lighting and humidity in line with the species’ needs.
Through Penguin Point, SEA LIFE London Aquarium is supporting the efforts of the charity Falklands Conservation who work in partnership with the local and international community to conserve the Falkland Islands’ natural environment. The Islands are one of the world’s great penguin capitals, home to the largest population of Gentoo penguins on Earth with as many as a million penguins of different species nesting there each year. Visitors will be able to learn about the important conservation work of the charity and how they can help conserve wildlife in the Falklands for future generations.
Toby Forer, General Manager for the SEA LIFE London Aquarium commented, “The appeal of penguins is universal and our visitors consistently rank these engaging creatures as the highlight of their visit to our Aquarium. As such, they make wonderful ambassadors for wildlife and conservation and through up-close encounters and fun education about the species, we hope to mobilise support both for Falklands Conservation and help create a generation of responsible wildlife lovers.”
Continuing the frozen theme, Penguin Point joins Frozen Planet: Face to Face, which opened in March 2016, and is an immersive augmented reality experience based around the epic BBC natural history series. Both are permanent additions to the SEA LIFE London Aquarium and included in the entrance price. Visitors can also enjoy getting up close to over 6000 colourful aquatic inhabitants representing over 600 species in 65 immersive displays.