Twycross Zoo in Leicestershire will be celebrating Penguin Awareness Weekend (Saturday 20 and Sunday 21 January) by offering discounted entry to all those dressed in black and white, just like their waddle of Humboldt penguins.
The zoo will also be asking visitors to join their #TZPenguinPledge and only eat sustainable fish for one whole month, helping to support the ongoing work of the Marine Conservation Society (MCS) – the UK’s leading marine charity. Copies of the MCS Good Fish Guide will be available for visitors to take home and all those making the pledge will be asked to sign the penguin enclosure glass, take a selfie and post on social media using #TZPenguinPledge. The zoo aims to completely fill the glass wall with visitor names by the end of January.
Matyas Liptovszky, Head of Research and Conservation at Twycross Zoo says: “Through programmes such as Blue Planet II and recent news, everyone is becoming more aware, more than ever, of how precious global marine habitats are, and sadly the threats they, and the species that depend on them, face. At Twycross Zoo we hope to do our bit by asking visitors to make a pledge to eat only sustainably sourced fish, which we hope will continue after the initial one-month suggestion, as small steps like this can make a big difference.”
During Penguin Awareness Weekend families will also be able to enjoy penguin-themed activities, including watching the penguin parade and the zoo’s penguins being fed, helping the zoo’s Education Team to clear their mini penguin beach of plastics, and listen to educational talks which will run on both days at 12.30 and 3.30pm.
Twycross Zoo currently has a group of 24 Humboldt penguins, which are native to coastal Chile and Peru in South America and classified as a vulnerable species in the wild.
Matyas concludes: “Our penguins are very popular with visitors and they each have unique personalities which are fascinating to observe. We hope that our weekend of fun penguin-focused activities will give people a better understanding of the different marine species, the pressures they face in the wild and what each of us can do to help them.”
Twycross Zoo is open daily from 10am to 5pm. For more information and to book tickets visit www.twycrosszoo.org or call 0844 474 1777.