Humboldt Penguins

Our Colony of Humboldt penguins were all bred at our sister SEA LIFE attractions, with two coming to the Sanctuary from a zoo on the Isle Of Wight.

Each penguin has a different coloured tag to be able to tell them apart. Male penguins have a coloured band on their right wing and females on their left wing.

Humboldt Penguins in wild

These endearing and sometimes comical creatures come from the coasts of Chile and Peru where there are estimated to be fewer than 10,000 pairs still surviving.

Colonies like ours here may one day provide a vital lifeline for this endangered species. Their disappearance would certainly be a tragic loss to the animal kingdom. The main causes for the decline in this species are climate change, habitat destruction, overfishing of prey fish species and nest destruction due to commercial guano harvesting.

In the wild penguins love to eat sardines and anchovies, but so do we and supplies are running low. Here in at the Cornish Seal Sanctuary, we are passionate about educating people on the plight of these amazing penguins. Together we can all help make a difference by avoiding eating anchovies and sardines harvested in Peruvian fisheries and instead opting for more sustainably caught fish species.