Conservation Status: Endangered Range: Southwestern Africa from Namibia to Port Elizabeth; South Africa; Surrounding islands Habitat: Rocky coastlines Diet in the Wild: sardines, anchovies, squid, crustaceans Diet at the Zoo: small fish such as capelin, herring, smelt, and sardines Lifespan: 10-15 years
Penguin Cove, sponsored by Don and Lois Stein Family, opened in the summer of 2021 and currently houses 10 African penguins! These charismatic birds are native to coastal, southern African where the climate is similar to Indiana with hotter summers and colder winters.
But, as one of the most highly endangered species of penguins, these little birds need big help. A warming ocean and overfishing threaten to wipe African penguins off the map. By supporting sustainable fishing and learning ways to lower your carbon footprint, you can help save these endearing little birds.
The pink gland above the eye filters excess salt and helps with thermoregulation.
Male African penguins court females with a donkey-like bray, earning them the nickname jackass penguin!