Not only as an animal shelter but also as educational coastal zoo and aquarium dedicated towards conservation initiatives and educational programs for the visitors, the Living Coasts Zoo and Aquarium can be your prime option to watch creatures in their natural habitats. From penguins to seals, fish to otters, the marine species from around the world make this a perfect spot to get up close with the animals and learn about their characteristics as well as their contribution towards nature. As members of the European, British and World Associations, this zoo has won a number of awards for their successful works on conservation and breeding. Also, learn about The Ancient Cave Of Kents.
Zones To Explore
Home to more than hundreds of birds, mammals and marine creatures, the Coastal Zoo and Aquarium has the following zones to encounter the extraordinary fauna that thrives within.
Tor Bay Seaside
On the Penguin Beach, you will find the strutting penguins having their best time in the colony while the curious otters will be seen basking on rocks. The expert keepers will tell you about the animals and their behavior. While enjoying the panorama of the Tor Bay, you can watch the animals regardless of whether it is a dry or rainy weather.
Within the 5500 sq meters of area and fifty thousand cubic meters of volume, the aviary is home to more than three hundred bird species soaring over the sea and the natural habitats. Here you can watch the tufted puffins, Inca Terns, waders and guillemots thriving with their colony.
As you come down the deck, the Mysterious Mangroves will stun you with the formidable rays and enormous octopuses. From the viewing window, you can watch the gliding and diving penguins, furiously paddling auk feet underwater and their cheerfulness in wading through the waves created by wave machine. With 3 meters depth, the penguins can practice their natural behavior of diving from Tor Bay to the sea water.
Exhibits Of Living Coast Zoo And Aquarium
The following exhibits of the zoo and aquarium will definitely keep you busy –
- Penguin Beach
- Waders Estuary
- Auk Cliff
- Mysterious Mangroves
- Fur Seal Cove
- Otter Rapids
- Local Coasts
- Octopus Odyssey
At these exhibits you will get to experience the animal encounters that will create lifetime memories. You can feed the African and Macaroni Penguins fresh fish or watch the seals as they become excited for their regular feeding time. The otter experience is all about watching them frolicking around and learning about them from up close. At Mangroves, you can also feed the majestic rays. The zookeeper experience and junior keeper experience will be fun for both you and your kids. There is also the Penguin Dive experience for those who have diving certificate. In this experience, you will dive in the marine water along with the penguins, swim beside them, feed them fish and more.
Apart from the animals, the site is also significant for the native and exotic plantation around the natural habitats such as South American flora at Fur Seal Cove, African flora at Penguin Beach, UK flora at Waders Estuary and grasses and shrubs at Otter Rapids.