The Penguins exhibit opened in 1988 with Gentoo and Chinstrap Penguins. In 2010 four King penguins were added. We have 28 Chinstraps and 33 Gentoo Penguins. Penguins are birds that cannot fly.

New in 2012 is the Rock Hopper Penguin:
Rock Hopper Penquin

All of our penguins were born in captivity and come from our zoo or other zoos around the world. The SSP ( Survival Species Programs) keeps track of all penguins in zoos.They are sent to other zoos to avoid in-breeding. The penguins wear arm bands that are color coded. This is so the keepers can tell them apart during a feeding. They have one on each flipper. The keepers keep track of their feeding. If they stop eating the keeper will make sure that the penguin is in good health. Penguins are excellent swimmers. The shape of their bodies help them move through the water quickly in order to catch fish or escape a predator. The color of their feathers act a camouflage. The black feathers on top of the penguin looks like water to birds flying over head. The white feathers on the belly look like the sky to predators under neath them. The feathers are water proof and keep the penguins from freezing. They take time when on the rocks to groom and add oil to their feathers. They can hold their breath for the time in may take them to swim under the ice.

August 2010 Baby Chinstrap Penquin by Judith Wolfe
Chinstrap Penquin
Chinstrap penguin with chick.

Chinstrap PenquinIn good hands.

Chinstrap Penquin Chick taking a stretch under Mom's wachful eyes.


King Penguin

King Penguin

These are two of our King Penguins. Photos by Judith Wolfe.

King Penguin King Penguin

These are two of our King Penguins. Photos by Linda Hanhilammi.

Gentoo Penguins
Gentoo penguins live on many of the islands of the Antarctic region but the main colony is on the Falklands. They are about 3 feet tall and weigh about 13 pounds. Their diet consists of krill and some small fish. Gentoo penguins are easily identifiable by the wide white stripe over the top of their head. It runs from one eye to the other. Gentoo penguins make nests on the inland grasslands. They pile stones, grass and sticks to create a circular nest. Like the Adelies and Chinstrap penguins, the Gentoo will also fight over stones for nesting. Information regarding Gentoo Penguins Courtesy of the KidsZone.

Gentoo Penguin

Photo by Judith Wolfe.

Gentoo Penguin Notice the armband.

Photo by Linda Hanhilammi.

Chinstrap Penguins

Chinstrap penguins get their name from the small black band that runs under their chin. They are about 2 feet tall and weigh about 10 pounds. They feed on krill and fish. Chinstrap penguins are the most common penguins with a population of about 13 million. They often live on large icebergs on the open ocean in the Antarctic region. Information regarding Chin Strap Penguins Courtesy of the KidsZone.

Chin Strap Penguins

Photo by a visitor

Chin Strap Penguins

Photo by Ferne Spieler

Chin Strap Penguins

Molting Chin Strap penguins. Photo by Linda Hanhilammi.

Chin Strap Penguins

Photo by Linda Hanhilammi.

Chinstrap Penquin Chick
Chinstrap Penquin with Chick

Chinstrap penguin with chick. Both parents sit on the nest until the eggs are hatched. They also share the responsibility of feeding the chick. The chick is a gray color and cannot swim until he gets his swim feathers.

Photo by Ferne Spieler
Gentoo Penguin
Gentto Penquin and her chick

Here is one of our Gentoo penguins and her new chick. They are now behind the scenes and will return to the exhibit when they get their swim feathers.

Photo by Ferne Spieler

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