It wouldn’t be Year of the Penguins without the pitter patter of little penguin flippers! Chessington World of Adventures Resort is proud to announce an unexpected arrival - a newborn Humboldt Penguin, successfully hatched in record time in the brand new Penguin Bay enclosure opened in March. Keepers had not expected such quick breeding success with the penguins still settling in to their new enclosure and the introduction of five new penguins to the colony, but Cora and Bigglesworth, an established couple for many years, surprised everyone by getting right down to business!
Just three weeks old, the new chick, who is yet to be named, has been getting 24-hour round the clock care and attention from its doting parents, with big daddy Bigglesworth sitting sentry duty outside the nest constantly. Unless absolutely necessary, the Chessington’s zoo team never disturb the natural breeding process by moving or touching chicks in their nests, but have managed to get a few glimpses of the new arrival to ensure it is thriving!
This is the second chick born to mum Cora and dad Bigglesworth, who also happens to be the oldest (and most protective male!) resident in Penguin Bay at 23 years old. They have been a couple since they were introduced 8 years ago.
Nick Tulley, Penguin Keeper at Chessington World of Adventures Resort said; "We're over the moon with the hatching of a healthy Humboldt chick so quickly, and it's great to see the penguins so settled in their new enclosure, laying eggs virtually days after being put into their new environment. We pride ourselves on our breeding programme here at Chessington, and I am pleased to say we have seen a few more eggs being laid from our other couples too!”
Nick continues; “With the colony having recently moved into a new enclosure, it is rare to see a successful birth happen so quickly. This is thanks to the care and attention taken during the re-design of the enclosure, making a point of not disrupting the nests during the building works. The transition into the new enclosure was so smooth and the penguin couples all settled back into their original nests. Our newest chick is yet to be named, and we are welcoming all suggestions – just tweet us yours @CWOA”.
Fun Facts: Humboldt Penguins
Year of The Penguins
2015 is the Year of the Penguins at Chessington World of Adventures Resort, with DreamWorks Penguins of Madagascar descending for an exclusive live show, a newly themed penguin ride providing fun and games in the park’s Africa land and Humboldt penguins frolicking in a brand new walk-through experience! And that’s not all - guests at the Resort Hotels can even sleep in special DreamWorks Penguins of Madagascar themed bedrooms at the Chessington Safari Hotel as Britain’s Wildest Adventure takes on the penguin challenge.
A Parent & Toddler offer for mid-week stays outside of school holidays is currently available. The package costs £159, and includes 2-day theme park tickets, an overnight stay at one of the Chessington Resort hotels and much more.
For other great deals in 2015 book on Chessington.com for Early Bird tickets. With prices starting from just £27pp, individuals and families can save up to a whopping 43%. This discounted ticket has limited availability per day and is only available when purchased online at least 5 days before your visit.
For more information please visit, Chessington.com
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For further information please call the team on 020 7693 6999 or email CWOA@frankpr.it.
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