Volunteer Point – King Penguin Creche

The king penguin creche is a hive of squawking and cheeping activity. King penguin chicks take a long time to grow to maturity, so king penguins can only raise two chicks in a three year period. The chicks start out grey and then become brown when they’re bigger before finally gaining their adult plumage. Most of the chicks are in the centre of the group but there are usually one or two on the outskirts.

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You have to keep 20 feet from the penguins, but sometimes the penguins have other ideas. This pair were very curious and walked straight up to me and hung around for quite a while.

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