Lonely Planet Writer

Courting Edinburgh penguins ready to rock

Penguin breeding season is kicking off, and staff at Edinburgh Zoo have ensured the birds are prepared. Part of Gentoo penguins’ courtship ritual is to woo potential partners by presenting them with pebbles.

Penguins at Edinburgh Zoo.
Penguins at Edinburgh Zoo. Image by jammach_uk / CC BY-SA 2.0

 “Every year when we place the pebbles and nest rings into Penguins Rock we love to see the penguins dash off to pick out perfect pebbles and present it to their mate,” said penguin keeper Dawn Nichol. Hatchlings should emerge in May. The enclosure will also be home to same-sex penguin partnerships – keepers will let them become parents by giving them eggs from other nests which have too many. Read more: scotsman.com