African Penguin

(Spheniscus demersus)

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Penguin Island
IUCN Conservation Status
Endangered (EN)


South African coast


Size: 24-28 inches

Weight: 5-8 lbs.

Lifespan: 20-30 years



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Learn about African Penguins in Penguin Park

African penguins are a species of warm-weather penguins hailing from the coast of Southwestern Africa. Despite their size, African penguins have quite an appetite and can eat up to 20% of their body weight in just one sitting.

African penguins are commonly mistaken for Magellanic penguins. You can tell the difference because African penguins have a single band of black feathers that cuts across the breast, whereas the Magellanic has a double bar on the throat and chest.

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