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New Penguin Cove is opened

Penguins are living in style at Marwell Wildlife after the grand opening of their new £250,000 home.


The new Penguin Cove was opened at park by ITV Daybreak star Dan Lobb at the end of May.


The redeveloped penguin exhibit has been designed to make life more enjoyable for the animals and to make it easier for visitors to see them.


Dan met the penguins and fed them on their new beach before officially opening the facility. He also unveiled a new giant wildlife mosaic at the park, which has been designed by local schoolchildren.

James Cretney, Marwell Wildlife’s chief executive, said: “We are very excited that Penguin Cove has now officially opened.

“The new home has enhanced both the view and the access for our guests as well as providing better facilities for our Humboldt penguins.

“2012 will see lots of activity at the park, as it’s our 40th anniversary. As well as Penguin Cove opening we have an exclusive late night opening at the park in June with live entertainment, from chainsaw juggling to African drumming as well as a packed programme of special talks.”

Penguin Cove has wider footpaths and lower walls, making it easier for children and disabled guests to view the penguins. The lower gallery has been designed like an underground cave with various marine objects for children to find. A new picnic and play area has also been built behind the exhibit.

New vacuum and skimmer systems will be more effective at removing debris, making the water cleaner and clearer, and new waste water storage tanks will help to save water.


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