Wednesday, January 20, 2016, is penguin awareness day (not to be confused with World Penguin Day—we'll take any chance to celebrate penguins, amirite?). What a great excuse to take a break and visit the penguins mid-week! While we have regular talks and feedings throughout the day, we thought we would arm you with some extra fun facts about these amazing birds.
African penguins are closely related to the Humboldt, Galapagos and Magellanic penguins. They are also known as jackass penguins, because they make a sound that is very similar to a donkey's bray.
|AEWA, an African penguin|
Little blue penguins are the smallest species of penguin. Some scientists believe they are the first penguins that evolved from flying birds.
|A male little blue penguin|
Southern rockhopper penguins are the only species that will dive into the ocean feet first rather than head first.
|Noir, a rockhopper penguin|
|Fox, the little blue penguin at 17 days old|
At the Aquarium, we participate in species survival plans (SSP). This ensures that the penguins that live here and at zoos and aquariums across the country remain genetically healthy. It also means that we often look forward to chicks being born here at the Aquarium! There's nothing cuter.
Come learn more about how the Aquarium is helping penguins here and around the world! Plan a visit to see the penguins.