World’s Largest Penguin Pool Opens at ZSL London Zoo in MayFeb 9th, 2011 | By Roy Rasmussen | Category: Lifestyle
A colony of 150 Macaroni and Humboldt penguins will star at the ZSL London Zoo on May 27th, when the zoo opens Penguin Beach, the world’s largest penguin pool and the zoo’s feature attraction of 2011.
The exhibit will include underwater viewing areas where visitors can see penguins diving for food, along with a seating area for the Zoo’s famous penguin feeds. A “penguin experience area” will allow visitors to meet the birds from closer than ever before.
The exhibit will also feature an interactive game and replica field station, where visitors can see the climate change research ZSL’s penguinologist does in Antarctica.
The pool will hold more than 450,000 liters of water. It will be four times bigger and three times deeper than the zoo’s current South American bird pool.
Penguins are native to the beaches of the South Pole. In their natural habitat, a single penguin colony may contain over a million penguins.
Penguins are popular at zoos, but difficult to keep in captivity because they catch diseases easily. Penguins have been living at ZSL London Zoo permanently for the last 150 years.
The ZSL London Zoo, like its owner the Zoological Society of London, is devoted to the worldwide conservation of animals and their habitats, and is supported by charitable donations. To support the penguin exhibit, visit http://www.zsl.org/shop/donations/penguin-donations/.