Penguins ready to welcome back visitors to Peak Wildlife Park

THE penguins are looking forward to welcoming visitors back to Peak Wildlife Park this coming weekend after three months in isolation.

The easing of lockdown restrictions by Government means zoos across the UK can re-open to the public from today (June 15).

The popular Staffordshire Moorlands visitor attraction at Winkhill, near Leek, is planning to open this Saturday, with safety measures in place to guard against Covid-19 (coronavirus).

Peak Wildlife Park manager James Butler said: "We are working hard to get the park to a place were we feel really safe for visitors, in line with the official opening guidelines from DEFRA.

"We are looking at changing the entrance and exits, having one-way systems, putting up Perspex screens and operating our ticket system to provide time slots to manage numbers.

"We won't be doing talks and feeds so we don't encourage groups of people to gather.

"We are definitely excited about re-open. it will be great to have our visitors back."

Amongst the 150 animals at the zoo is a colony of 30 hungry fish-eating Humboldt penguins, pictured, who get through 25kg of sprat per day!

Visitors can make a £9 donation for one day's feed for a penguin, if they so wish, which help towards the zoo getting on its feet again after three months without any visitor income.

James added: The support we have had from the local community has been amazing. We had a Crowdfunder page [on social media] which raised nearly £17,000, which is brilliant.

"Sainsbury's and Morrisons in Leek have donated food, as well as other businesses, and people have turned up with food and hay.

"The support really has been staggering and it has made a massive difference, so we are very grateful."

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