See what's going on in our penguin enclosure with our 2 new webcams. Please wait a few moments for the webcam stream to load.
Feeding times are an ideal moment to watch the webcams: Monday at 2.15pm, Tuesday and Thursday at 2.45pm, Friday at 3.15pm, and Saturday and Sunday at 2.45pm.
Want to get closer? Check out our Penguin Island Encounters page to find out how you could meet and feed our colony Humboldt Penguins face to face!
Please be patient while the webcams load.
In the wild, penguins are found almost entirely in the southern hemisphere. They live in large colonies, and spend as much as three quarters of their time in the water.
Humboldt Penguins like ours can hold their breath for up to two minutes. Emperor Penguins can hold theirs for as long as 20 minutes!
We have a colony of over 50 Humboldt penguins at Chester Zoo. They’re originally from the Pacific coast of Peru and Chile, and are named after Alexander von Humboldt, an eighteenth century German explorer.
The species is threatened by over-fishing, climate change and rising acidity levels in the ocean. Our colony is playing a vital role in a Europe-wide breeding programme, and supporting colonies in other zoos.
Adopt a Chester Zoo penguin!
You can be part of our vital conservation work by adopting one of our penguins. As part of your adoption, you’ll get two tickets to come to the zoo and see the penguins for real.
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