Feed the penguins at Harewood House

Leeds, West Yorkshire

Help the Bird Garden keepers feed the penguins in the grounds of one of England’s treasure houses.

Harewood’s renowned Bird Garden is home to a flock of 13 Humboldt Penguins. Each has a unique pattern of spots on their white chest area, which stays the same throughout their lives. So you may just be able to spot ‘your’ penguin if you make a return visit!

The penguin enclosure has been designed to replicate the coastline of Peru in South America where the Humboldt Penguins come from, with swimming pools of different depths and area, and stone huts to imitate nest burrows.

During your visit, you’ll join the keepers in feeding the penguins a diet of whitebait and small herrings. Sprats are also a popular choice, with the penguins at Harewood getting through 2,300 kg of them a year!

Harewood House and its Bird Garden are currently closed, with no set date for reopening. Please visit the website below for more information. 

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