P…p…penguins aplenty

There were penguins aplenty at yesterday’s official opening of Penguin Bay, our new £40,000 walkthrough experience.

DZG-penguinbay1-webAlongside our 70-strong colony of rare Humboldts there were 21 recent arrivals who will be forming a rainbow-coloured Penguin Trail across the site throughout our 75th anniversary year.   DZG Head of Media and Communications, Jill Hitchman, said: “To celebrate our 75th birthday and the launch of Penguin Bay we’ve taken delivery of 21 very special birds. They’re fibreglass models painted in bright colours and really make everyone smile when they see them.   “We had great fun yesterday trying to track them all down around the site!”   She added: “We’ve named them all Dudley and have 21 in honour of Pingu, our oldest Humboldt penguin who celebrated his 21st birthday last week, and they will be placed around the Zoological Gardens in a special Penguin Trail.   “The 21 Dudleys will also be taking part in a whole series of adventures at schools, shopping centres and may even be going on holiday, we’ll just have to see where they turn up!”   CAPTIONS: RIGHT: Penguin Boy at Penguin Bay: Ben Grove, aged seven, p..p..picks up a model Humboldt.

And there’s more  . . .

Birthday activities across the site included juggling and balloon modelling by our very own clown in the castle courtyard; walkabout penguin balloons, Popping Penguin ice-cream in the Discovery Centre, plus craft making; 1930’s sounds from Team Productions Musical Theatre outside the Queen Mary Suite; birthday-themed animals talks across the site . . . and free Penguin choccy bars for customers in the restaurant!