African Penguin

(Spheniscus demersus)

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Penguin Island
IUCN Conservation Status
Endangered (EN)




About 24 inches in height, the average soccer ball is 8.65 inches tall!

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Learn about African Penguins in Penguin Park

They’re cute. They walk funny. They’re flightless. But these little guys sure can swim. They’re African penguins and you can find them at their 17,000 gallon oasis known as Penguin Island at Adventure Aquarium, where you can watch them swim, frolic and dive by our underwater viewing window. Standing about 24 inches high, African penguins can eat up to 20% of their body weight in just one sitting and are one of 18 penguin species worldwide. Of those 18 species, only 7 live where it’s cold and African penguins are NOT one of them! They prefer more moderate climates. As such—it’s somewhat surprising to people that almost all penguins (except for the Galápagos penguin) live south of the Equator.

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