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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.  

Latest information regarding Coronavirus

Further to recent updates from the Government on the response to the Covid-19 coronavirus outbreak, we have taken the very difficult decision to close Chessington World of Adventures Resort as a precautionary measure.

Have a short break booked before 25th April? We can move your stay date with no extra cost!
For guests with short breaks arriving up to and including 25th April 2020, we have relaxed our usual terms and conditions so you can now reschedule your break to another date in the 2020 season with no additional cost*. Please complete the form here including your booking reference and the preferred date you would like to rearrange your booking to. Our team will get back to you as soon as possible.
*Subject to availability, please provide 3 alternative dates in order of preference, dates allocated on a first come first served basis.

Have a park ticket booked before 25th April? You can use this for another day in 2020!
If you have a park ticket for up to and including 25th April your ticket will be valid for use on any date during the 2020 season up to and including 1st November 2020.

Please click the link below for more information and FAQs.

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