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The London Zoo Is Celebrating Pride With Its Famous Same-Sex Penguin Couple

London Wildlife News
by Eben Diskin Jun 28, 2019

In celebration of Pride weekend in London, the London Zoo is hosting a Pride-themed Zoo Night, where visitors can learn about gender and mating in the animal kingdom, with a focus on same-sex pairing.

The London Zoo knows what it’s talking about as it is home to famous same-sex Humboldt penguin couple named Ronnie and Reggie, who have been together since 2014. Ronnie and Reggie also adopted an egg in 2015 and raised the chick, Kyton, together.

To celebrate Ronnie and Reggie, and the other two same-sex penguin relationships in the zoo, named Nadja and Zimmer and Dev and Martin, a new banner has been installed in the zoo’s Penguin Beach that reads “Some penguins are gay. Get over it” — inspired by Stonewall’s “Get Over It!” campaign.

The event takes place on July 5, one day after the city’s annual Pride parade. Because Zoo Nights are for adults only, the zoo will also host a family friendly show on July 7 called “Rainbow Families,” hosted by drag artist Mama G from pantomime company Petite Pantos, with stories about “being who you are, and loving who you want.”

To book your tickets to the events, visit the London Zoo’s website.

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