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  • According to the EODY guidance the zoo will remain closed until further notice. For information please contact zoo@atticapark.gr

African Penguin

African Penguin

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Scientific Name:

Spheniscus demersus


Distribution

Angola, Mozambique, Namibia, South Africa


Diet:

Various fish species, crustaceans and cephalopods


Facts

Habitat: Sandy inshore islands, rocky islands


Incubation: 38 days / 1-2 eggs


Social structure: 25 - 150 individuals


Weight: 2.1-3.7kg


Dimensions: height 60-70cm


Lifespan: 27 max


Estimated population in the wild: 75,000-80,000


Threats: Over-fishing, oil pollution, guano collection, illegal egg collection.


IUCN Status: Endangered


Did you know that:

  1. Birds that fly have hollow bones, but the penguin has solid bones.
  2. Penguins are monogamous. Both parents incubate the eggs and care for the chicks.
  3. They can reach swimming speed up of to 20km/hour and can dive up to 60m in depth.
  4. They are also called “jackass” penguins because of the distinctive donkey-like braying sound they make.



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