It’s all go for the penguins of Basel Zoo: as well as the ‘march of the penguins’, the new feeding method is delighting zoo visitors. As an experiment, feeding fish are being provided underwater in a ball with holes. Visitors can watch the penguins’ lightning-speed dive manoeuvres from their underwater viewing point.
The inquisitive Gentoo penguins are particularly taken with the new underwater feeding. They whizz through the water in a sea of air bubbles and pluck one fish after another out of the feed ball. As always, the King penguins are rather more sceptical. Only the two young penguins born last year can be seen regularly racing the Gentoo penguins with their dives.
As usual, the winter march of the penguins will take place at 11:00 by the vivarium bridge. The feed balls are filled after the march and in the afternoon at around 16:00. Underwater feeding may not take place every day.