‘As we learned in The Zoo, ZSL London’s likeable Head of Birds Adrian Walls has a penchant for penguins. In this inspiring programme, following his recovery from a serious operation, he gets the chance to see thousands of Humboldt penguins in the wild on the coast of Peru. His joy is unconfined. Really good natural history.’

- The Observer

‘Cute factor alert! London Zoo’s head of birds, Adrian Walls, visits the incredible Humboldt penguins of Peru in this fascinating one-off documentary.’

- The Sun

‘Even if the mere word “penguins” doesn’t immediately melt your heart, it’s worth diving into this one-off special. Adrian Walls, the man with the world’s best job- head of birds at London zoo – is off to the wilds of Peru to meet a very charismatic endangered species.’

- The Guardian

Meet the Penguins

UK Premiere 7pm, 26th July 2015 on ITV1

In Meet the Penguins, we join Adrian Walls, Head of Birds at the renowned London Zoo, on the journey of a lifetime.

With incredible close up access to the wild Humboldt penguins of Peru, Adrian is on a mission to help nurture one of nature’s most charismatic species.

Travelling from Peru’s capital Lima to the coastal deserts in the South he witnesses the everyday perils the penguins face.  Getting caught in a bird storm of 250,000 cormorants, hatching eggs surrounded by predators, dodging hungry seals and climbing perilous cliffs to reach their nesting grounds; these wonderful birds live a thrilling and dangerous life. Agile swimmers, surprisingly good climbers and wonderfully endearing to watch – this compelling film is a love letter to penguins from one of Britain’s leading bird experts…

Executive Producer: Paul Hamann

Produced By: Alicia Kerr

Director: Paul Glynn

Editor: Simon Battersby

Narrated by: Hugh Bonneville


Distributed by: ITV Studios Global Entertainment



Distribution Title: The Zoo: Meet the Penguins

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