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Humboldt Penguin

Come and meet our flippin' fantastic penguin colony!
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Learn about our colony

Humboldt penguins are superb swimmers - they have powerful flippers, waterproof oily feathers, large webbed feet and a streamlined body so they can move a lot more elegantly through the water than the way they waddle on land.

At chessington, they are fed a variety of fish, primarily Sprat and Spelt. You can watch our Zoo Keepers feeding our colony of penguins on a daily basis (check our feeding and talk times).

FUN FACT: This species of Penguin was named after after the explorer Alexander von Humboldt who discovered the cold water current that these penguins are most often found swimming in, in South America.