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P-p-p-pop the bubbles! Edinburgh Zoo celebrates Penguin Awareness Day

RZSS Edinburgh Zoo has been getting into the party spirit to celebrate Penguin Awareness Day on 20 January.

The zoo’s popular penguin colony had a great time playing with the new bubble machine, which was received as a Christmas gift.

(RZSS/Siân Addison)

Lorna Moffat, penguin keeper at RZSS Edinburgh Zoo said the bubble machine is a firm favourite with the birds.

She said: “The bubble machine was generously gifted through the Amazon wishlist set up for our animals.

“Our colony of over 130 birds enjoy lots of different types of enrichment, from their water slide to their floating platforms, but the bubble machine is always a firm favourite so getting a new one is fantastic.”

(RZSS/Siân Addison)

“All three of our penguin species loved playing with the bubbles, especially our youngest rockhopper chick who was taking part for the first time.”

The penguin pool at the Edinburgh Zoo is the largest in Europe.

The feathery friends and their much-loved ‘penguin parade’ are a huge draw for the public.

The RZSS now play an important part in penguin conservation around the globe.

(RZSS/Siân Addison)

Project Pinnamin, a collaboration between RZSS, the British Antarctic Survey, RSPB, Tristan Conservation and the Government of South Africa, is spearheading research to help improve the very limited understanding of the northern rockhopper and the factors affecting its population numbers on Tristan da Cunha, in the South Atlantic Ocean.

This research will inform conservation measures to help secure the future for this endangered species.