Birds

Birds

African penguin


SCIENTIFIC NAME:
Spheniscus demersus
PROFILE:

Unlike their cold-weather relatives, these African penguins live along the coast of Africa where the weather is mild. If you look closely, you will see that our penguins are covered in tiny feathers that help keep their skin dry and streamlined as they zip through the cool water. A dip in a pool is a great way to keep cool – even for tropical penguins!

TYPE OF ANIMAL:
Bird, Sphenisciformes (penguins)
NATIVE TO:
South Africa and Namibia
CONSERVATION STATUS:
At Serious Risk
DIET:
Piscivore (fish eater)
LIFE EXPECTANCY:
Wild - up to 20 years; zoos - average 20-25 years
SOCIAL STATUS:
Colonial; pairs when nesting and raising offspring
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