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Gentoo Penguin

We are currently home to over 100 gentoo penguins in our colony.

Although fairly plain compared to our other species they more than make up for this by their exuberant personalities.  They are active, curious individuals always investigating their surroundings which can sometimes get them into trouble!

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Our gentoo penguins are managed by the European Stud Book programme, this is managed by the Royal Zoological Society of Scotland.


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Not Endangered NE
Data Deficient DD
Least Concern LC
Near Threatened NT
Vulnerable VU
Endangered EN
Critically Endangered CR
Extinct in the wild EW
Extinct EX

Least Concern

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IUCN October 2016


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In The Wild

Gentoo penguins (Pygoscelis papua) are medium-sized penguins, about 76 cm in height and weighing an average of 5 Kg (11 lbs). They have the characteristic grey back and white belly of all penguin species with a broad white band stretching across the head from eye to eye.

All penguin species are found in the southern hemisphere. Gentoos can be found in the Falklands, South Georgia, Kerguelen, Marion, Macquarie and other remote islands and the Antarctic peninsula.

Gentoos form breeding colonies every year and each pair will construct a nest made from stones, grass and moss. The female will lay up to 2 eggs which are then incubated by both the male and female for about 30 - 40 days. The chicks will fledge about 85 - 117 days after hatching although they will continue to be fed by their parents for another month.

Gentoos face the same problems threatening other penguin species—global warming, over-fishing, marine pollution and habitat loss.

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Fascinating Facts

  • Gentoos can dive to depths of 655ft and remain below for 7mins

  • They can reach speeds of up to 22mph (36kmph)

  • Adult gentoos make up to 450 dives a day for food

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