Pingu’s the grand-daddy!

Hi everyone, Pingu here, the oldest penguin at DZG. 

DZG-pingu-webYou’ll never believe it. . . I’ve become a great, great, great, great, great, grandfather!

The youngster arrived last month and is doing well. He’s very cute, but too small to go swimming right now. 

I was the first parent-reared Humboldt penguin at Dudley, and that was 20 years ago, so I’ve got quite a reputation – and I’m still as gorgeous as ever!!

Humboldts are rare penguins, so that makes me very special, and DZG’s colony of 60-plus parent-reared Humboldts is one of the largest in the UK.

Check out our antics in the penguin pool via our penguin cam, and do look out for me; I’m the very handsome one doing a quick flip on the rocks!!

Humboldt penguins (Spheniscus Humboldti) are native to South America and named after the cold water current in which they swim; the current in turn takes its name from explorer Alexander von Humboldt. 

CAPTION: Pingu, our 20-year-old Humboldt penguin who has become a great, great, great, great, great, grandfather!