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Jul 24, 2008

Auks' Enclosure

Auks' Enclosure from SWEP Living Coasts

Living Coasts exhibits species of seabird in a natural area with access to natural saltwater 

With the exception of penguins, sea birds are seldom displayed to good effect in European collections. Many share space quite often with unrelated species; none has access to natural seawater.

At Paignton Zoo’s coastal zoo, ‘Living Coasts’, 3 species of North American auks are exhibited in a purpose-built, naturalistic, twin level enclosure. Resembling a rocky coastal cliff rising from the sea, features of particular note include ample nesting facilities, relevant plantings, a large dump bucket, an adjustable wave machine and most importantly natural seawater in a deep pool.

Along the lower level visitors are able to admire the spectacle of diving and swimming auks while above a walk-through aviary ensures unhindered and close viewing of these fascinating birds.

Species include: Tufted puffin (Fratercula cirrhata), Pigeon guillemot (Cepphus columba), Common guillemot (Uria aalge) and Red-legged kittiwake (Rissa brevirostris).

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