Black-Footed Penguins

Spheniscus Demersus

Black-Footed Penguins

A Group of Black-Footed Penguins

This bunch of Black-Footed Penguins is having a great day.

Black-Footed Penguins

Black-Footed Penguins...

...also known as African Penguins or Spheniscus Demersus, are native to the coastline of Southern Africa and do not tolerate extreme cold well (unlike some of their heartier kin). They love the water and spend most of their lives there, coming to shore only to raise young and molt.

Have a pattern of stripe and spots on their chests that is unique for each penguin (just like your fingerprints).

Fun Facts about Black-Footed Penguins

  • They are sometimes known as "African Penguins"
  • They grow to be only around 2 feet tall
  • They weigh between 4 and 11 pounds
  • They eat small fish such as sardines and anchovies.
  • "African Penguins" can live about 10 years on average in the wild. Longer lifespans are possible in captivity.
  • Can stay underwater for as long as 2 minutes on a single breath.

Today is: Thursday, July 19, 2018


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