London Penguins Get a New Pad
London Zoo has unveiled the country’s largest penguin pool, big enough to eventually accommodate a breeding colony of 200 of the flightless Antarctic birds. 65 of the birds have already been moved into their new home in the capital’s primary zoo. The new pool will have underwater viewing areas where visitors can see the birds swim.
The Zoological Society of London (ZSL) has claimed that penguins were under threat from climate change, fisheries and pollution, highlighting the necessity of a breeding colony in captivity. The new pool is four times bigger and three times deeper than the penguins' previous swimming area at the zoo.
The new enclosure also has rocks and more space which closely resembles their natural environment. This allows the penguins to exhibit their natural behaviour from the wild, making them happier, healthier and more likely to breed.