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“Spend an evening” 4 of 5 stars
Review of Kangaroo Island Penguin Centre

Kangaroo Island Penguin Centre
Kingscote Wharf, Kingscote, Kangaroo Island, South Australia 5223, Australia
(08) 8553 3112
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Ranked #12 of 13 Attractions in Kingscote
Type: Nature/ Wildlife Areas, Tours, Zoos & Aquariums
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Adelaide, Australia
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“Spend an evening”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 20, 2013

These are really dedicated people who are trying to preserve a small colony of penguins along the foreshore at Kingscote. You start at the centre, where there is a very good aquarium and interpretive area. Then into the darkness with the guidance of a local. The penguins are a bit scarce at the moment. The sealions are taking their numbers and it'll need some research to determine the long-term prospects for the colony. But to even see a few of the little fellas is worth the cold of the evening. Besides, you're supporting a very worthy cause...

Visited April 2013
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“Penguins went missing”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 16, 2013

We were disappointed to only see two penguins in there boroughs and non coming ashore. We understand that these are wild animals and that the NZ Sea Lions are feeding on them. Our group was split into 2 - the other guide was much more informative.

Visited April 2013
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Barry Wales
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“A wonderful insight into the penguin”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 10, 2013

To go out at night with these guys is fantastic they really care about the wildlife and want to pass there love of them onto you. it is well worth the money and the staff are very helpful

Visited August 2012
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“Worth the time but not the price”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 8, 2013

This is not Antarctica, so don't except a million penguins. It's a very small attraction, with a few birds that are only seen at night. You can get up close, but it's so dark, it's difficult to see them even when you're only a few feet away. The price is also high for what it's worth, but it all goes to non-profit to keep the penguins happy. Kids will probably love it and don't care about the entry price since they're not paying for it.

Visited September 2012
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“Rates need to change”
2 of 5 stars Reviewed April 25, 2013

We were really disappointed with this tour.
I understand that you can't control wild animals, but if you are offering a tour that may only see 2 penguins you should also charge accordingly.. $60 or so for 4 people to see 2 penguins is really quite poor.

The guide knew a lot of info and he was good, but the tour was really short because all the info doesn't take up enough time when you only get to see 2 penguins and he realy didn't appear to try that hard to find some.

Visited March 2013
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