From January 2020 Penguin Shores is due to undergo redevelopment work and will therefore be closed for approximately 6 months. Find out more here.
We apologise for any inconvenience caused and thank you for your understanding.
Our opening times:
We are open daily from 9.30am - 4.30pm. On the 14th, 21st & 22nd December we are open until 7.30pm as part of our Christmas Starlight Night events. Last admissions to zoo grounds is 1 hour before closing.
The owl-like eye patterns on the wings of the owl butterfly are a type of camouflage known as mimicry. Other animals will avoid going near large eyes that resemble a predator, keeping the butterfly safe. They also prefer to fly at dawn and dusk in the dark forests of South America, and only ever travel small distances to avoid being spotted by flying predators. Their caterpillars are small and brown, and will camouflage against plant stems.