African Penguin in Denver Zoo – Colorado, US
The African penguin, also known as the Cape penguin or South African penguin, is a species of penguin confined to southern African waters.
Like all extant penguins, it is flightless, with a streamlined body and wings stiffened and flattened into flippers for a marine habitat.
In the last 100 years, the wild African penguin population has dropped by 98% due to threats like overfishing of their food supply, pollution from the oil tankers that sail around the Cape of Good Hope and oil spills.
Here at Denver Zoo, we’re proud to support African penguin conservation by partnering with amazing organizations like SANCCOB and Seafood Watch in addition to participating in the Association of Zoos and Aquariums’ African Penguin Species Survival Plan.