The Greensboro Science Center is home to a colony of African penguins, also known as black-footed penguins or jackass penguins (for the braying vocalizations that they make).
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KEEPER NOTESRaven loves to get into the water with her keepers while they scrub the exhibit pool. She will also load into your hand so you can gently push her out into the water like a rocket. A lot of parents enjoy watching this interaction because it's similar to what they might do with their kids in a pool.
Overall, our penguins' favorite fish is herring, but we do have a few females that also enjoy capelin.
They really enjoy cat toys - anything with a lot of color, shine and movement!
All of our penguins are trained to come up for feeds, get on a scale for their monthly weights, and are crate trained. Our encounter birds are also trained to station for photos.
Native to beaches of Southwestern Africa, living in colonies on 24 islands between Namibia and Algoa Bay, South Africa.
Fish, cephalopods and crustaceans.
24" - 27"
6 - 9 pounds
15 - 20 years
They lay 1 or 2 eggs, which hatch between 36 - 42 days.
Threats include commercial fishing, oil spills and climate change.
African penguins are good swimmers! They can reach speeds of 15 mph and can hold their breath for two and a half minutes.