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Des-res for Penguin couples at the Curraghs Wildlife Park

Humboldt Penguin couples at the Curraghs Wildlife Park in the Isle of Man now have a choice of brand new, specially designed family homes to explore, with a view to choosing the perfect one in which to raise a family of fluffy chicks.

Humboldt Penguins are an endangered species, with only 12,000 in the wild, and it is hoped that the new development of nest boxes will encourage breeding for the first time since 2010.

Isle of Man charity Friends of the Curraghs Wildlife Park approached local property developers for help in funding the new nest boxes and was very pleased to receive its first sponsorship from Dandara.

Wildlife Park General Manager Kathleen Graham said:

We hope to have success in hatching and rearing Humboldt Penguin chicks as the last one was raised six years ago. The new design of the nest area will help facilitate this, and we are indebted to the Friends and Dandara for helping us improve the Penguin enclosure.

The Curraghs Wildlife Park regularly participates in international animal exchange programmes to improve animal health and breeding, and an enhanced Penguin breeding programme could contribute to the conservation and protection of these birds through exchanges with other recognised zoos and wildlife parks.

In addition, the new nest boxes provide a more attractive backdrop to the enclosure as the old nest box area was looking a little tired after 16 years in place.


(from left) Wildlife Park General Manager Kathleen Graham, Dandara Marketing Director Joanna Orton and Kim Etherton, Chairperson of Friends of the Curraghs Wildlife Park, at the opening of the first new penguin nest box
(from left) Wildlife Park General Manager Kathleen Graham, Dandara Marketing Director Joanna Orton and Kim Etherton, Chairperson of Friends of the Curraghs Wildlife Park, at the opening of the first new penguin nest box

Kim Etherton, Chairperson of Friends of the Curraghs Wildlife Park, added:

The Penguins are very popular with visitors and the prospect of fluffy chicks in the future is very exciting! Our charity was established to support the work of the Park and has part-funded several improvements, including the new enclosures for the recently arrived Silvery Gibbons and European Lynx and the purchase of animal skulls for educational purposes.

We would welcome further offers of help including £250 to sponsor a penguin nest box. Yours could be the one to celebrate the arrival of a precious new baby.

Representatives of Dandara recently visited the Curraghs Wildlife Park to see the new nest boxes and to meet the Penguins.

Dandara Marketing Director Joanna Orton said:

For almost 30 years, we have been providing high quality homes to meet the needs of a diverse range of customers, but this is the first time we’ve supported housing for Penguins! We were delighted to be asked to get involved and wish the new owners every success in their chosen nest box.

For further information, please contact:

  • Kathleen Graham, Curraghs Wildlife Park General Manager on 01624 693572
  • Kim Etherton, Chair Person, Friends of the Curraghs Wildlife Park on 01624 880253
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