African Penguin

February 4, 2022

Today’s animal is the African penguin. It belongs to the class Aves and the Phylum Chordata. 

Here are some interesting facts about these flightless birds. 

Fun Facts: 

  • Not surprisingly, African penguins can be found along the coast of Africa near Namibia and Algoa Bay. 
  • They are one of the smallest penguins.
  • These penguins have a unique bald spot over their eyes that turns pink when they get hot. This patch helps them cool off when things get toasty. 
  • These penguins sound like donkeys, so you may also know them as jackass penguins.
  • African penguins are the only species of penguins that you can find in Africa.
  • The scientific name of the African penguins is Spheniscus demersus.
  • The African penguins can sleep while lying down or standing up on rocks.
  • The African penguins are monogamous. So, once they have a partner, it’s a partner for life.
  • The male penguin is slightly different in appearance from the female. It has a large beak and is larger than the female African penguins.
  • If the African penguins live in the wild, you can expect them to live for 10 to 15+ years. The life expectancy can be up to 25 years under the care of human beings.
  • An African penguin would enjoy fish and squid in the wild. They enjoy fish of different kinds in the zoo.
  • The impact of global warming is affecting marine life, and it can affect the African penguins that are already an endangered species.


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