Felsted Protects Penguins at Colchester Zoo

Felsted's youngest pupils have taken another positive step to help protect our environment and make a difference by sponsoring a pack of Humboldt Penguins at Colchester Zoo.

Several environmentally friendly initiatives are already in place at Felsted, from the use of 100% renewable electricity on campus, to successful recycling programmes and the use of compostable materials where possible. All pupils and staff are encouraged to actively think about the positive environmental changes they can make at school and at home and this is made even more relevant with the current COP26 environmental summit.


Pupils in Reception - Year 2 at Felsted Prep’s Stewart House were inspired to take the next step in fundraising to support a vulnerable wild species. By running a highly successful school fete, the children managed to raise an amazing £1,500, which has contributed to not only protecting this vulnerable species, but also to support Colchester Zoo in educating visitors on the importance of conserving wildlife and supporting the world’s natural ecosystems.

“We are very proud to support the fantastic conservation work carried out by Colchester Zoo.” comments Mrs Jacqueline Atkins, Head of Stewart House “Our youngest Felstedians in Stewart House, are the next generation who need to help preserve endangered species, so we recognise the importance of teaching the children about the world around them and how they can make a difference.” 

Humboldt Penguins are found in Peru and Chile, and islands off the west coast of South America. Sadly these beautiful animals are currently on the world vulnerable list as they have been exploited for fertiliser and oil. Action for the Wild, Colchester Zoo’s charity is raising funds to protect Humboldt penguins in Peru, and Felsted’s donation has made a significant contribution to this.