SEA LIFE London Aquarium’s penguin experience

Gentoo Penguins

The harsh Antarctic comes to London in SEA LIFE London Aquarium’s penguin experience!

Penguin mania swept London in 2011 as the SEA LIFE London Aquarium opened a major new area featuring a family of Gentoo Penguins. SEA LIFE’ London Aquarium's Ice Adventure is a very different – and much chillier - experience to any other, giving guests a totally unique way to get close to, and learn about, the gentoo penguin.

Working with British Antarctic Survey, SEA LIFE London Aquarium has created an area that will transport guests to a research station in the coldest and most inhospitable place on earth. Visitors can journey through an icy landscape full of interactive features – from freezing touch pools to looking at the world through snow goggles. In the penguin viewing ice cave visitors get a direct window into the habitat of the gentoo penguin as a select group of the magical creatures dive beneath the water and play in a carefully created icy home from home.

“This is really very different to a traditional zoo setting and our intention is to essentially recreate a taste of the Antarctic in the heart of the city,” says Toby Forer, General Manager at SEA LIFE London Aquarium. “Gentoo Penguins thrive in extreme cold and pollution free environments and the habitat we are creating will provide them with their optimum living conditions. Penguins always put a smile on peoples’ faces and we know this family will too – but this experience is about much more than that. We also want to help guests get a better understanding of the world they live in, the threats they face and what we can do to make a difference.”

As well as the Gentoos, the area features a number of other Antarctic inhabitants like dramatic spider crabs. To ensure total authenticity the attraction has drawn on the expertise and advice of British Antarctic Survey, who have also donated images, footage and equipment from one of its operating research stations.

The feature represents a significant investment for the attraction which has seen record numbers of guests since a major re-launch under the SEA LIFE banner two years ago.

Penguins: Ice Adventure opened at the SEA LIFE London Aquarium on 18th May 2011. Find out more

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