|Sponsors' favourite: king penguins at |
Edinburgh Zoo. Photo by Fulla T.
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Over the past year, king penguins were the most popular choice for people sponsoring animals from the zoo, with gentoo and rockhopper penguins coming in second and third respectively.
RZSS figures show that 180 people sponsored one of the regal kings (whose popularity probably gets a boost from having Sir Nils Olav, who received a Norwegian knighthood in 2008, among their ranks), 106 people a gentoo and 99 a rockhopper.
In my opinion, it's likely that the penguins' daily walk gives them the edge over the zoo's other animals. It's not often you get to see zoo animals leave their enclosures and strut their stuff.