Get lost in your very own slice of Antarctica in this beautiful frozen exhibit, home to the second largest species of Penguin in the world, the King Penguin as well as the lively Gentoo penguins.
Encounter these incredible birds up close in their icy wonderland as they dive in and out of the crystal clear water. You’ll see their playful nature on the snow through the topside viewing area, and their elegant underwater flight through the stunning underwater viewing window.
Penguins are well suited to life at sea. They have strong, solid bones in their wings or flippers and have webbed feet. They use their flippers to 'fly' or propel themselves through the water while the tail acts as a rudder, making them very manoeuvrable. This is important to catch prey and avoid predators.
Penguins use many variations of body language. When Gentoo penguins fight, they slap each other with their flippers. Most other birds bite. Body posture is very important as it demonstrates aggressive or submissive behaviour. When a bird is being aggressive, its chest is puffed out, head raised and flippers extended in order to make itself look larger than its opponents. Little penguins use their wide range of songs more than any other penguin species and have the greatest range in frequency, especially during the breeding season. The songs range from a guttural wail to raucous screaming which helps to attract mates or warn intruders out of their territory.