The species is native to Antarctica, and visitors to the aquarium at The Dubai Mall will now be able to learn more about the fascinating birds.
The Gentoo penguin is one of 18 known penguin species in the world and they can grow to 90cm tall and weigh up six kilos. They can dive to depths of up to 200m at 36kmph, and can remain underwater for up to seven minutes.
The penguins have come to Dubai from a facility in America, and will now be at home in the purpose-built temperature-controlled Penguin Cove. It will simulate their natural habitat with air temperatures between 2˚C and 4˚C and water between 5˚C and 7˚C. There’s also a special lighting system to mimic their annual lighting cycle in the southern hemisphere. There are several levels to Penguin Cove, including a slide for the birds.
There will be a Penguin Encounter launched in August, and the visit to Penguin Cove will be part of the Aqua Nursery, Explorer package and VIP experiences at The Dubai Aquarium & Underwater Zoo where visitors will learn all about the penguins. A Penguin Cove visit is currently part of the standard ticket packages starting at Dhs120.
From Dhs120. The Dubai Mall, Downtown Dubai, www.thedubaiaquarium.com.