Focusing on feathers

Feathered friends were on the agenda when journalist Ron Toft interviewed Curator Matt Lewis for an upcoming feature in Cage & Aviary Birds.

Ron focused on our award-winning conservation programme for Humboldt penguins which Matt helped set up 23 years ago, starting with just five hand-reared birds. We now have the UK’s largest colony with more than 70 parent-reared birds sharing the pool and beach at Penguin Bay.

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He also interviewed Head of Birds Section, Kellie Piper – pictured above – about her training programme with birds of prey for our daily courtyard display and was introduced to a Harris hawk, eagle spotted owl and kestrel who regularly join the falconry team.