Penguin invites visitors on a journey

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A very special penguin is inviting people to meet a whole host of frosty friends at a series of festive events at Blackpool Zoo this Christmas.

Gandalf the Magellanic penguin is currently on a quest to find some new pals at the zoo and has been busy learning about animals that have adapted to colder climes in their natural habitats.

His journey is being followed by almost 40,000 Facebook users on Blackpool Zoo’s fan page and on Saturday and Sunday, December 13 and 14, the Frosty Friends Tour will take visitors on an educational journey to meet tigers, wolves, camels, penguins and, of course, reindeers.

Father Christmas will welcome guests to the reindeer paddock at the end of the tour, where they can help to feed his companions to get them ready for their epic worldwide journey on Christmas Eve.

Jude Rothwell, marketing and PR coordinator at Blackpool Zoo, said: “Gandalf is a very special member of the Zoo family and was hand-reared by one of our expert keepers, 

“She has been taking him to see lots of the animals here at Blackpool Zoo and his progress has been charted on our Facebook page.

“The Frosty Friends Tours will take in some of our most interesting animals including tigers, camels and wolves and we are really looking forward to the festive weekend.”

The tours are only available to book on the day and the first one will commence from the Lake View Café at 11am.

Penguin fans can follow Gandalf’s Quest on Blackpool Zoo’s Facebook page and try to solve the clues to guess who he’s meeting next.