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Six more King Penguins - Birdland's new arrivals from Edinburgh Zoo

Six more King Penguins! Birdland's new arrivals from Edinburgh Zoo

All of you who have been to Birdland Park & Gardens will know that they are lucky to have the only group of King Penguins in England, Wales and Ireland, with the only other birds being at Edinburgh Zoo.

Well, due to refurbishments at Edinburgh Zoo, six male King Penguins are having a long holiday and staying with fellow penguins at Bourton-on-the-Water’s popular visitor attraction in the Cotswolds. This will increase the group size of King Penguins to 20 birds, with a ratio of fifteen males and five females.

The penguins will be with Birdland for 6 months, and are currently in quarantine until the end of March.

One of the Kings is known as Sir Nils Olav, so why not pop over and see him and the other penguins from April onwards – or if you can’t wait then look at the them on the Birdland Penguin Cam.

Earlier in the year Birdland also became home for two young Cassowary's who travelled all the way from Germany. More birds will be making their way later this year too, so keep your eyes open and binoculars at the ready.

Explore Gloucestershire
15 March 2012

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