Travel, Days Out & Events

Penguins Have Come To National Sealife Centre Birmingham

On Saturday 5th April we attended a Press Event at National Sealife Centre Birmingham prior to the launch of the all new exhibit, Penguin Ice Adventure on the 7th April 2014. A gorgeous colony of 12 Gentoo Penguins, which have travelled 11,000 miles from Auckland, New Zealand to make this wonderful place their new home.

The new exhibit is located behind the reception desk which holds a 70,000 tank, chilled at a steady 8 Celsius and surroundings to resemble their original living conditions.

Upon arrival we were greeted by members of the team involved with arrival of the colony and from the marketing team. We were then introduced to this great Iced Wall, operating during the day to recreate the temperatures of the floor of which the penguins roam around on. We had particular fun making our hand impressions and doodling in the ice.

Next we had our group photo taken, with a frosty backdrop we were instructed to sit and shiver. Lewis though this was particularly funny, as the room was warm and there was no snow around us at the time of the photo. Only when he saw this photo did he understand why we had to shiver.

Then it was time for the big unveiling, being able to be introduced to these wonderful creatures was absolutely incredible. We arrived slightly after 10am, so the lights were low in the enclosure as to represent dawn. Due to them arriving only a week ago, the journey was extensive and they have a complete new time difference to adjust to so when we arrived the penguins were in a state of waking up, ready to face a new day.

The leader of the pack, Alf stands/lies proudly on his rock in the background watching over his colony. Other penguins include Ginny, Lolly and Brick. The other penguins will be chosen in due course through competitions.

At midday the lights went up to signal the start of a new day in the enclosure, this rapidly saw the penguins come to life and begin their playing. With various fabulous viewing areas, you can watch these wonder characters swimming, diving, jumping out of the water, eating, playing and sleeping.

These really are absolutely loveable creatures, with a cheeky attitude to boot. A couple of the Penguins were really taken with their new visitors, Lewis, Leah and their friends Georgie & Lydia (From team MamaGeek) really had fun playing with the penguins through the glass, showing them their newly acquired toy penguins from the gift shop. A thoroughly enjoyable visit of which afterwards we were free to roam the rest of the Sealife Centre and visit the other 2,000 creatures which have made this place their home.

With the Easter Holidays just around the corner, I really do recommend making a day trip to visit these fabulous place and say Hi to the all new residents.


  1. Gill Mitchell

    13th April 2014 at 10:29 pm

    I love penguins! wish we were close enough for a visit.

  2. Carol Massey

    13th April 2014 at 2:33 pm

    aaawww i love penguins- could watch them for hours

  3. Helen McCarron

    13th April 2014 at 1:24 pm

    Penguins are always my fav animal at zoos. The National Sealife Centre is on my list of places to visit now!

  4. Anthony Harrington

    12th April 2014 at 10:45 pm

    look fab! love penguins

  5. Alex Telford

    12th April 2014 at 7:15 pm

    Wow, would love to go.

  6. Rebecca Bodkin

    8th April 2014 at 10:50 pm

    @Jem Sorry we missed you too, was a hectic day followed by very poor signal to check twitter too. Hope to meet you soon šŸ™‚

  7. Jem

    8th April 2014 at 4:22 pm

    Oh no, we must have missed you by about half an hour or so, as we were there too. Would have been nice to say hello šŸ™‚

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