It’s another cracking success for Belfast Zoo, as eight gentoo penguin chicks hatch.

Senior keeper, Raymond Robinson, said: “We have no doubt that our latest arrivals will be a firm favourite with zoo visitors.

“Penguins are one of the most popular species at Belfast Zoo, especially the underwater viewing area where visitors can admire their swimming skills.”

There are 17 species of penguin in the world and Belfast Zoo is home to gentoo and rockhopper penguins.  All penguins are found in the Southern hemisphere.  While gentoos are found in the Antarctic, they can also be found in the warmer climates of the Falklands, South Georgia, Kerguelen, Marion, Macquarie and other remote islands.  All penguin species face increasing threats from marine pollution, habitat loss, global warming and over-fishing.

If you are potty about penguins, you can now get closer than ever before with our new animal experiences.  You can find out more information or book your experience by calling 028 9077 6277 or email

A full schedule of feeding times will be taking place daily.  Call by the penguin enclosure at 2.30pm to see the penguins enjoying their ‘fish suppers’ and to see the little chicks.


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