Our colony of Humboldt penguins can be found behind the Lazy Lion catering outlet in the middle of Newquay Zoo. The Colony includes young penguin Uno who was born in 2021.
The preferred habitat of the Humboldt penguin is rocky terrains along the coastline. The species is distributed along the Pacific Coast of Chile and Peru.
They are piscivorous so eat fish, mainly anchovies, krill and squid.
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. Removal of guano means that penguins cannot build there nests up adequately to protect their chicks, leaving them exposed to predators and severe weather conditions.