Penguin Cove

African Penguin 
Spheniscus demersus

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. 

Fun Facts! 

  • 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!

African black-footed penguin