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You may not find Penguins in Iceland but …..

Over the last few weeks the lockdown restrictions have started to reduce. In the last few days it has been announced that zoos and animal parks will once more be able to open their doors. Zoos have suffered terribly during the pandemic as they receive the majority of their funds from ticket admissions and money spent in the attractions.

There have been pleas from many zoos, but one in particular has pointed out that the threat of permanent closure is on the cards. Chester Zoo launched a fundraising appeal saying that it had crippling debts. Animals still needed to be fed and looked after despite no money coming in. They have so far raised enough money to be able to keep going for almost a month.

The Supermarket Iceland has taken steps to be able to help Chester Zoo and has adopted the entire rookery of Humboldt penguins. They have also offered to help publicise the fundraising efforts. They said they made the gesture as the penguin epitomises all things frozen and that they wanted to do something to be able to help, despite penguins not coming from Iceland. The rookery recently welcomed a creche of chicks and they were all named after NHS hospitals. The names chosen were Florence, Bevan and Thomas.

This is great for the zoo, but Iceland have also received good publicity for their actions. Hopefully this and other fundraising will keep Chester and other zoos open so that they can carry on with their valuable work with endangered species and continue to provide a public service.

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Dynasties – another adventure into the unknown with Attenborough

The national Treasure that is Sir David Attenborough launched his new show on the 11th November. Episode 2 aired last night on BBC 1. In the series he narrates footage about some of the world’s most endangered species.

Last week’s programme focused on Chimpanzees in Senegal, with the alpha male battling against adversity.

This week it was the turn of the Emperor Penguins in Antartica, with the sight of literally thousands of newborns huddling together to keep warm in a truly magical scene.

These first two episodes turned out to be as amazing as all of his previous work, showing how talented people can be in the most remote places. To film each of the different episodes it took hundreds of days filming (for episode 1 alone it took 309 days) as well as working in difficult locations, such as living on an Antarctic ice shelf whilst filming the penguins. 

If you haven’t watched it yet, then we highly recommend watching it on Catch Up. Episodes are on BBC 1 on Sunday evening at 8:30pm.

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