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SEA LIFE Kelly Tarlton's Aquarium

23 Tamaki Drive, Ōrākei

Auckland 1071

New Zealand

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We're Open 7 Days!
Open daily 9.30am - 5pm (Last entry 4pm)

25 Apr 2017 07:54:29

SEA LIFE Kelly Tarlton’s Celebrates World Penguin Day with Modern Day Romance

Just in time for World Penguin Day on Tuesday 25th April, SEA LIFE Kelly Tarlton's has joined forces with Tourism New Zealand for their campaign that celebrates New Zealand as the number one destination to see and experience penguins.


Tourism New Zealand has marked the environmental day of significance by showcasing that nowhere celebrates penguins quite like New Zealand, in particular our beautiful story of Thelma and Louise, the female/female couple that are fostering a chick.

This same-sex couple is unique for SEA LIFE Kelly Tarlton's but must be noted that it is common for King Penguins to form a partnership with their own gender. King penguins require a bond rather than a more traditional male/female relationship during their breeding season and the same sex pairing has no impact on the raising of young.

The couple, affectionatly called Thelma and Louise who have been together for 5 years, took on the task of fostering the chick after a female king penguin laid a fertile egg but did not have a mate this season. To reduce the stress on the single mother our Penguin Keepers transferred the egg to the couple to incubate. The penguin chick, born February 26, will live a happy and healthy life just like the aquarium's other king penguin chick born earlier this year. The two female penguins, both 24 years old, are very fair in their approach to parenthood and both share the parenting load as a team.

Get up close and personal with New Zealand's only sub-Antarctic penguin colony with SEA LIFE Kelly Tarlton's Penguin Discovery Experience.

FLEXIBLE ADMISSION TICKET

No need to book a date or time

ONLINE ONLY

$39

Per adult (Child $27)
  • Flexible entry - arrive anytime in the next 12 months
  • Skip the queues with express mobile ticket entry
  • Free admission under age 3

BEHIND THE SCENES TOUR

Fishy fun for the whole family

$53

Full Price

$46

Adult From (Child $29)
  • Learn what happens behind the scenes on a unique tour
  • Enjoy a rarely seen view of the aquarium exhibits
  • All day aquarium admission included