|Recently just born to the Paper Penguin family,
Ella is looking forward to making an impact on the family.
is desperate to go and stay at Dudley Zoological Gardens because
they have one of the largest parent-reared colonies of Humboldts
in the UK. Alsos their oldest penguin, Pingu, is celebrating
his 21st birthday and she wants to give him the 'bumps'!
Ella arrived at Dudley Zoological Gardens mid February and has
been overseeing the construction of Penguin Bay, a walkthrough
experience where visitors can get really close to Humboldts.
It will be completed for the zoo's 75th anniversary in early
I travelled up to Dudley Zoo for a photoshoot and short filming
session with Ella, Peter Suddock and Jill Hitchman. The weather
was awful but that didn't dampen the spirits. They have created
a fantastic Penguin Bay enclosure that has the penguins walking
underneath the walkway from the pool to their beach/nesting
I had never been to the zoo before and was overwhelmed by the
beauty and size of the zoo that is, basically, sited in the
middle of a sprawling city suburb.
Located on a hill with Dudley castle at the top, the zoo covers
the slopes and gives a feeling of vastness with plenty of trees
and foliage to detract from the fact that you are overlooking
I absolutely loved it despite the weather (especially the Lemur
walkthrough that felt like being in a rainforest) and would
highly recommend it.
See the pictures of the zoo I managed to take before the rain
stopped play below.