Come meet Pip, Polly, and the whole OdySea penguin family! Pop your head into the underwater porthole to see them transform from clumsy land animals to graceful underwater ballerinas. Known for their charismatic personalities and donkey-like bray, our African black-footed penguins join us from SANCCOBB, a non-profit organization whose mission is to reverse the decline of seabird populations through rescue, rehabilitation, and the release of ill, abandoned, and oiled seabirds. We're proud to be given this opportunity to provide a safe, stimulating, and loving environment to these incredibly important and threatened birds.

African Penguins

Did You Know?

Not all penguins like cold weather. All 17 penguin species live in the Southern Hemisphere and many of them, such as the African Penguin, live in warm weather climates.

Notable species

African Black Footed Penguin

African Penguins

(Spheniscus demersus)

The spots on an African penguin’s chest are as individual and unique as a human’s fingerprint!

Diet

Fish such as anchovies and sardines, squid and small crustaceans

Size

Up to 2 feet tall

Habitat

Along the rocky beaches and coastline of South Africa

Range

Southern coast of South Africa