Sea World on Australia’s Gold Coast has welcomed 12 additional King and Gentoo penguins to its newest animal exhibit, ‘Penguin Encounter’. The new penguins recently arrived from New Zealand and will make their public debut on 24 March.
The US$12 million Penguin Encounter exhibit is already home to six of the world’s second largest penguin species, the King penguin as well as six Gentoo penguins.
Sea World’s Director of Marine Sciences, Trevor Long, commented; “The addition of 12 new penguins will only enhance the wonderful experience for guests when they visit Penguin Encounter. The Penguins are just amazing fun to watch; the Gentoos are very playful and active and are constantly jumping in and out of the water, while the Kings are more majestic in their behaviour.
“Penguin Encounter is a slice of Antarctica at Sea World, with up to five tonnes of snow being created daily, plus icy rock formations and a crystal clear pool for the penguins to explore; it’s truly a spectacular exhibit,” he added.