- On September 18, 2016
Puddles and Splash took centre stage in the UK this week, along with their new friend Simbaloo at the stunning Sky Safari event at Longleat in Wiltshire.
Launching, tethering and glowing directly in front of the thousands of visitors on site, the famous penguins were a huge hit.
This was the first #SkySafari event and was part of the year long celebrations to mark the 50th anniversary of the opening of the Longleat Safari Park.
This was the only place in the UK that you could see the penguins at this year and they were thrilled to return to the place where they met (and fell in love) and now of course have become best friends with Simbaloo, the Longleat Lion.
Hot air balloons flew on all eight launches at the event, including the press flight and five mass ascents with 56 balloons!
Thursday and Saturday evening saw two stunning night glow’s light up Lodge Drive with 33 balloons reflecting in the lake for 10,000 visitors. Puddles and Splash’s Zoo Keeper, Andrew Holly, was choreographing the glow via radio and expertly coordinated all burns to the beat of the music.
The weather could not have been more ideal on Sunday morning with all 56 balloons launching and flying in and around the Estate grounds, dipping in and out of the lake!
Social media exploded with pictures of the night glow and balloons floating against the stunning backdrop of Longleat, all with the hash tag SkySafari and FlyPenguin!
Puddles, Splash and Simbaloo are now off on their next adventure – the Albuquerque Balloon Fiesta. As you may remember, Puddles and Splash had some troubles last year when they got lost on their way to the US, so we are all keeping our fingers crossed!