Meet our playful penguins!

The Oceanarium is home to our playful Humboldt penguins - each with their own unique personality!

Augustin

Born May 7th, 2003, at Zoo Zurich

Augustin was named after the Curator at Faunia, where he lived before moving to his permanent home in Bournemouth. He's very gentle and quiet,  but also considered a charmer among the ladies!

Chile

Born February 4th, 2010, at Faunia

Chile is our youngest penguin, he's very energetic and loves anything shiney! He spends a lot of time swimming and interacting with guests

Cobblepot

Born May 4th, 2005, at Zoo Zurich

Cobblepot is the most mature penguin, but still has a playful streak and loves to swim! He takes his name from the infamous Batman villain, Oswald Chesterfield Cobblepot, aka The Penguin.

Ponyo

Ponyo was born on 12 May 2022 which makes her the second youngest chick of the colony. She was bred here at the Oceanarium by same-sex couple Diego and Zorro after successfully incubating a dummy egg and replacing it with a real fertilised egg! Her friendly, playful and inquisitive character makes her very popular among our visitors. 

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Diego

Born November 11th, 2002, at Ouwehand Zoo

Diego is very gentle to feed and light on his feet, which has led to keepers nicknaming him 'Twinkle Toes'. He also swims a lot! You will often find him cuddled up to his partner Zorro. 

Private

Born March 13th, 2004, at Newquay Zoo

Private stands guard at the gate, eagerly awaiting his keepers and the fish they bring! He loves being close to visitors. Private takes his name from one of the pesky penguins from the Madagascar movies.

Zorro

Born June 26th, 2004, at Zoo Zurich

Zorro didn't have a name when he arrived in Bournemouth, but after a suggestion from one of our younger visitors, he was christened Zorro! He's very inquisitive and spends his time being very protective over his partner Diego. You often find them preening each other or sleeping in their nest together. FUN FACT! Same sex male couple Diego & Zorro are teh surrogate parents for Santiago and Ponyo.

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Meet the penguins

Cuidador en prácticas. Campamentos de verano en Zoo de Madrid

Augustin

Born 7th May 2003 at Zoo Zurich

Augustin is a very gentle and quiet penguin and was named after the Curator at Faunia, where he lived before moving to his permanent home in Bournemouth.

 

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Diego

Born 11th November 2002 at Ouwehand Zoo

Diego is very gentle to feed and light on his feet, which has led to keepers nicknaming him 'Twinkle Toes'. He also swims a lot!

 

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Millie

Born 7th April 2016 at Folly Farm

Millie LOVES to catch her food in the water. She is also very popular with the boy penguins!

Cuidador en prácticas. Campamentos de verano en Zoo Madrid.

Chile

Born 4th February 2010 at Faunia

Chile is very energetic and loves anything shiny! He spends a lot of time swimming and interacting with guests.

 

 

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Private

Born 13th March 2004 at Newquay Zoo

Private stands guard at the gate, eagerly awaiting his keepers and the fish they bring! Private takes his name from one of the pesky penguins from the Madagascar movies.

 

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Twiglet

Born 2nd April 2016 at Folly Farm

Twiglet likes to hop at feeding time to get closer to the fish and make sure she is noticed!

Cuidador en prácticas. Campamentos de verano en Zoo de Madrid

Cobblepot

Born 4th May 2005 at Zoo Zurich

Cobblepot is the most mature penguin, but still has a playful streak! He takes his name from the infamous Batman villain, Oswald Chesterfield Cobblepot, aka The Penguin.

 

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Zorro

Born 26th June 2004 at Zoo Zurich

Zorro didn't have a name when he arrived, but after a suggestion from a young visitor, he was christened Zorro! He's very inquisitive and spends his time hanging around with Chile.

 

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Pippa

Born 25th April 2018 at Birdworld

Philippa aka Pippa is our second youngest penguin and also the cheekiest! She is named after the late HRH Prince Phillip.

Cuidador en prácticas. Campamentos de verano en Zoo de Madrid

Ponyo

Born 12th May 2022 at The Oceanarium

Ponyo was bred here at the Oceanarium by same-sex couple Diego and Zorro after successfully incubating a dummy egg and replacing it with a real fertilised egg! Her friendly, playful and inquisitive character makes her very popular among our visitors.

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Biscuit

Born 8th April 2016 at Folly Farm

Biscuit is easy to tell apart as she has the least belly spots out of everyone. Biscuit loves getting attention from the keepers. She likes posing for photos and enjoys following the keepers around even when she's not hungry! Biscuit is partnered up with Private.

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Santi

Born 24th 2023 at the Oceanarium

Santi is officially the youngest of the colony and most playful. She loves chasing feathers, reflections and shadows!