Iceland – the supermarket giant not the country – has adopted Chester Zoo’s Humboldt penguins to lend support to the attraction, which is currently facing an uncertain future.
The supermarket decided it would be the most appropriate way to support the zoo during such a difficult and stressful time because, although they are native to Antarctica rather than Iceland, penguins are associated with all things frozen.
We’ve joined the fight to save @chesterzoo and have adopted the penguins 🐧
The zoo has over 35,000 threatened and critically endangered animals but may have to close its doors for good due to COVID-19 law.
— Iceland Foods ❄️ (@IcelandFoods) June 5, 2020
Among the penguins adopted by Iceland is a crèche of chicks which were named after NHS hospitals in honour of the hard work done by the nation’s health service during the coronavirus pandemic.
Like many of Chester Zoo’s 500+ species, the Humboldt penguin is an endangered species and Iceland hopes that their donation will help the zoo keep running and working hard to give these animals the best lives possible.
The frozen food retailer has also agreed to lobby the UK government on the zoo’s behalf, encouraging current legislation to be amended to allow zoos to open with strict social distancing guidance in place.
Or text OURZOO to 70085 to donate £5.