Penguins are coming to Birmingham but it is nothing to do with a worsening climate.
A £2.5 million Penguin Ice Adventure will open at the city’s National Sea Life Centre by Easter 2014 which will allow visitors to see Gentoo penguins face-to-face in a Antarctic-themed icy environment with platforms and plunge pools.
Visitors will be able to see the penguins being fed three times a day and to join in a range of interactive experiences.
Amy Langham, general manager at the centre, said: “Penguin Ice Adventure promises to be very different.
“The birds – which are classified as near-threatened on the IUCN (International Union for Conservation of Nature) Red List – have been bred together at Sea Life Centre Melbourne as part of our Breed, Rescue, Protect programme and are being transported here to their specially built new home.
“We want to inform and educate our visitors about the hardships that sea and marine creatures face, whether as a result of global warming, threats from mankind or natural occurrences, but at the same time we want people to meet this colony and get to know the penguins as they thrive in their carefully created habitat.”
Birmingham’s National Sea Life Centre is already home to hammerhead sharks, a giant sea turtle, seahorses, otters and rays. The centre also features an interactive rockpool, a 4D cinema and a 360 degree Ocean Tunnel.