Our award-winning walk-through enclosure is home to our group of black-footed penguins, as well as other birds such as cape teal, white-faced tree ducks, little egrets and African spoonbills. This recently renovated enclosure allows our guests to immerse themselves in the penguins’ habitat, getting that little bit closer to these intriguing birds whilst at the same time providing a substantially larger enclosure for them.
This enclosure incorporates part of the penguins’ old home and the pool is still very much a main feature. We have made improvements to the pool and have now added a shallow area which allows the birds to enter the pool in a more natural way.
As well as the pool and the pebbled area, there is a now a larger sand area with dunes and various grasses. Here we have the penguins’ nest caves which provide them with shelter as well as a place to nest and rear young.
A tunnel runs under the public board walk which allows the birds to move between the pool and sand areas.
The penguins themselves gave the enclosure a huge vote of approval, hatching their first chicks less than 3 months after moving in. The zoo is home to 21 black-footed penguins – currently classified as an endangered species by the International Union for the Conservation of Nature (IUCN).