Penguin Point

Be transported to Cape Town, South Africa.

The home of these African Penguins – Penguin Point – is inspired by Boulders Beach in Cape Town, South Africa, their natural home. A 180 degree view will allow you to see these penguins in action as they waddle on the rockwork and swim in the surrounding water.

The African penguin (Spheniscus demersus) – it’s the only penguin known to live along the southern coasts of Africa today. They breed in colonies on islands and the coastal mainland from Namibia to South Africa.

Things To Know

Penguins have an uncertain future

How We Can Help

The animals at the Aquarium are important ambassadors for their species because African penguins are now listed as endangered in the wild. This is because the number of penguins in southern Africa has dropped 90% since the early 1900s.

Researchers think that these penguins’ ability to hunt for anchovies and sardines is affected by commercial fishing and the slight increase in ocean temperatures off the southern coast of Africa. This in turn, is affecting the health of the next generation of African penguins.

Poor breeding habitat due to climate change, leading to increased heat stress, increased susceptibility of nests to flooding and increased exposure to aerial predators is also thought to be an issue for African penguins.

We’re sharing their story and putting our support behind other organizations who are actively working to save them. It’s through this partnership that we have acquired these penguins on exhibit at the Aquarium; they were bred as part of the Association of Zoos and Aquarium’s Species Survival Plan.

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