Adopt a Humboldt Penguin

Adopting a penguin at Newquay Zoo will make a real contribution to the daily care of our penguins and wildlife conservation work across the world.

Our adoption packs make a fantastic gift for animal lovers of any age. Prices start from as little as £35 per year, with three different packs to choose from.

The Humboldt penguin was named after the Humboldt current where they swim and catch their food. The Humboldt current is a cold current that runs from Chile to Peru along South America’s west coast. The current was named after Alexander von Humboldt, an explorer.

The population of Humboldt penguins is declining, caused in part by over-fishing, climate change, and ocean acidification. Penguins are also declining in numbers due to habitat destruction, and in the over collecting of guano by humans. The waddle of Humboldt penguins at Newquay Zoo contributes to the breeding population in zoos worldwide.


How do I adopt a penguin?

First choose the adoption package that you wish to purchase online from the options below and then go on make your animal selection.

Adoptions apply to the species rather than individual animals. This is because some of our animals may move to other zoos as part of breeding programmes. If your adopted species moves, we will advise you and you will be given the opportunity to transfer your adoption to another species.

Please note that our adoption gift packs are only available for UK delivery.

Penguin adoption packs available:

Cert Penguins

Penguin adoption pack – £35

  • An adopter’s certificate
  • A fact sheet about the penguin
  • A thank you letter
  • A photograph of a penguin
  • Your name displayed in the zoo for 12 months
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Penguin

Junior adoption gift box – £59

Includes all items within the standard adoption pack plus:

  • A penguin soft toy*
  • One child day ticket to Newquay Zoo
  • All packed in a branded presentation box

*soft toys are subject to change.

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Adult adoption gift box – £64

Includes all items within the standard adoption pack plus:

  • A Newquay Zoo penguin mug
  • One adult day ticket to Newquay Zoo
  • All packed in a branded presentation box
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