There are 42 penguins in the Zoo's flock, many hatched right here at the Zoo. They squabble, are very territorial and live with a lot of drama. Each penguin has its own personality; some are leaders, some followers, some aggressive and some docile. Both parents are involved in taking care of the young and they are excellent parents.
Status in the Wild
International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) Red List status: Endangered. The greatest threats facing African black-footed penguins are oil spills, leaking tankers and over-fishing. The Zoo has been making solid contributions to populations in
conservation care at Association of Zoos and Aquariums-accredited (AZA)
zoos since hatching its first chick in 1999. It has been a consistent
forerunner in African penguin breeding in the United States ever since,
with more than 90 chicks hatched.
Coastal areas and seas off the southern tip of Africa, including islands.
The African black-footed penguin feeds only at sea, eating crustaceans, fish and squid.
How can you help African penguins?
An organization called SANCCOB was established in 1968. To date, they have treated more than
85 000 seabirds. Learn more about this organization by clicking here.