The Aquarium is home to more than 80 penguins who live in a bustling colony surrounding the Giant Ocean Tank.


Several species of penguins live at the Aquarium. The African penguins are also known as jackass penguins for their loud call, which sounds like a donkey’s bray. The rockhoppers are popular for their punk-rock hairdo of wild yellow feathers. And everyone loves the little blue penguins, which are the smallest penguin species in the world.

The Aquarium breeds African penguins as part of a Species Survival Plan and promotes education programs about penguins.

Three Rockhopper Penguins stand on rock formation in their exhibit


Penguins spend most of their lives at sea, but every penguin needs to come ashore to breed, molt, and raise chicks. All penguins live south of the equator. Some penguins live in or near Antarctica, but most prefer more temperate climes. African penguins and little blue penguins nest in burrows on or near scrubby temperate beaches, while rockhoppers prefer rocky sub-Antarctic islands.

2 penguins on rock formation