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Ricky posing at Penguin Beach at ZSL London Zoo.
There are p-p-plenty of penguins at ZSL London Zoo in our stunning Penguin Beach exhibit – England’s biggest penguin pool!

Penguin Beach recreates a South American beach landscape in the heart of London, with stunning colony of Humboldt penguins (and one speical Rockhopper).

The new exhibit features a large pool with stunning underwater viewing areas so you can see how our flippered friends fly under water. The exhibit’s 1200 sq metre pool holds 450,000 litres of water!

Our large demonstration area turns feeding time in to an even bigger spectacle than before. Penguin Beach Live will feature twice daily feeds where visitors can watch the birds diving for their food.

Penguin Beach is a breeding facility for colonies of Humboldt penguins with a special penguin nursery, including a chick incubation unit and a pool where the youngsters can learn how to swim.

Penguin Facts

Humboldt penguins love cleaning (preening) themselves and their friends. When preening they gather oil from a gland in their tail and then apply this to their feathers – like penguin hair gel!

Humboldt penguins never chew with their mouth open because they don’t chew at all! Instead our penguins swallow their fish head first.

A Humboldt penguin can reach up to 30 miles per hour in the water!

Unlike other penguins, Rockhopper penguins prefer hopping to waddling. You can see Ricky bounding over rocks at Penguin Beach.

 

A keeper and child with a penguin for Meet the Penguins encounter

Meet the Penguins

Get up close to our penguins at ZSL London Zoo!

Videos

Penguin chicks at ZSL London Zoo

Find out what happens at feeding time for our very demanding yet totally adorable penguin chicks.

Puddle the penguin chick goes for first swim in the training pool at ZSL London Zoo

Puddle the penguin chick has swimming lessons.

A baby humbolt penguin chick sits on a blanket at ZSL London Zoo's Penguin Beach

Adorable penguin chick is already proving to be a bit of a demanding diva.

A close-up of a humboldt penguin at ZSL London Zoo.

Our expert penguin keeper Zuzana answers your questions on penguins.

A group of penguins at ZSL London Zoo

Can penguins predict the start of summer?

Penguin Beach Live demonstration

Behind the scenes with Lead Explainer - Ruth Thomas.

Book tickets online for great savings! Select Fast Track tickets to jump the queue.

ZSL London Zoo's newest arrival is already proving to be a demanding diva -- squawking loudly to tell everyone it's feeding time. 

This two-week old Humboldt penguin chick, still covered in fluffy grey hair, is being hand-reared by zookeepers at ZSL London Zoo's Penguin Beach exhibit, and isn't shy about letting zookeepers know when it's hungry!

 

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