There are 17 species of Penguin in the world, and the penguins at Natureland are known as Jackass penguins because the sound they make is similar to that of a braying donkey or jackass. Penguins vary a lot in size, from the Fairy Blue Penguin of New Zealand standing only 30.5cm (12 inches), to the huge Emperor Penguin, standing 48 inches. The African Penguins (also known as Jackass or Black Footed Penguins) at Natureland stands up to a neat 70cm (27.5inches). Penguins’ wings are no use in the air but they make most efficient flippers for underwater flight.
We have 2 penguins here at Natureland, Popcorn and Pip!
Pip is our oldest penguin, at 34 years old! He is one of the oldest African penguins in the U.K., but is very spritely for his age! He loves a swim, and can often be seen sunbathing in the nicer summer weather!
Popcorn is Pip’s partner, and is 12 years old. She is the more confident of our penguins, and loves to get up to mischief! She keeps our keepers very busy, as she has a keen desire to bite kneecaps!