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Penguins' new home opens at Hunstanton Sea life Sanctuary

Humboldt penguins have returned to their home at the Sea Life Sanctuary in Hunstanton. Picture: Ian Burt

Humboldt penguins have returned to their home at the Sea Life Sanctuary in Hunstanton. Picture: Ian Burt

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Penguins in a seaside attraction have been showing off their new home.

Hunstanton Sea Life Sanctuary’s Humboldt penguin enclosure has been extended so the centre can increase its colony from 10 to 22 of the birds.

The £75,000 redevelopment includes a spectacular waterfall and a deep deep-dive pool big enough to accommodate all of the larger flock.

Staff hope the enlarged enclosure enable more penguins to be bred at Hunstanton.

Humboldt penguins are native to the Pacific coasts of South America, where their numbers have declined rapidly as a result of habitat loss, industrial development, commercial guano removal and climate change.

The species has been classified as vulnerable since the year 2000 and it is thought there are now fewer than 32,000 left in the wild. Captive-bred penguins may one day be needed to replenish stocks in the wild.

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