Please note that we have been informed that there will be essential maintenance to the payment portal for payments being taken via our website. This is taking place on Wednesday 20 February 2019 between 4:45am and 7:00am. We advise guests who wish to purchase annual passes or tickets to do so outside these times. On behalf of our payment provider, we apologise for any inconvenience.


The Roadtrain at the zoo has, regretfully, broken down. As a result there will be no service around the zoo for the remainder of the school half term holiday as a minimum. We sincerely apologise for any disappointment this may cause.

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Adult £15.95 £14.50
Children (3-15 Years) £11.95 £10.85
Under 3's FREE FREE
Senior Citizen (65 Years+) £13.95 £12.65
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Child / Adult / Carer £7.95 £7.20

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Black-footed Penguin

Spheniscus demersus

There are 18 species of penguins ranging in size from the little blue penguin (40cm tall) to the Emperor penguin (110 cm tall). Black-footed penguins measure about 50cm (20 inches) tall.



Size: 50cm
Weight: 2 - 4kg



All penguins are found in the southern hemisphere. Black-footed, or African penguins live around the coast of South Africa.



The black-footed penguin mainly feeds on pilchards as well as anchovies, squid and crustaceans. They are sometimes seen 20 miles out to sea.



Black-footed penguins usually nest in burrows dug in sand. They lay 1 to 2 eggs, which are incubated for 40 days by both parents.



The black-footed penguin is endangered due to food shortages through overfishing, pollution, habitat loss and egg collection. All their nesting sites are now protected in the wild and there is also a reintroduction programme underway in South Africa. Our penguins are part of a European Breeding Programme for the species.

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