Meet Our African Penguins

Amigo

Amigo

What to look for
  • He loves spending time in the water.
  • Interacts with guests through the exhibit window.

  • January 19, 2016
  • Paired with Elizabeth
Bee

Bee

What to look for
  • She's very good at defending her nesting area.
  • A few white feathers are noticeable on her otherwise black back.

  • March 23, 1999
  • Paired with Geyser
Bixby

Bixby

What to look for
  • Still in bluish-grey juvenile plumage.
  • She interacts with guests through the exhibit window.

  • July 7, 2018
Boulders

Boulders

What to look for
  • He and Walvis are devoted and successful foster parents.
  • Has a Y-shaped spot pattern on his chest.
  • An expert gatherer, he tries to collect large enrichment items during nesting season, such as a hula hoop.

  • April 23, 1994
  • Paired with Walvis
Dassen

Dassen

What to look for
  • Opens his mouth for staff to place a fish into it before swallowing.
  • Has an almost straight line of black feathers crossing his neck.
  • Has one of the loudest brays, or calls, of the entire colony.

  • December 29, 1998
  • Paired with Umngane
Durban

Durban

What to look for
  • A curved black feather line on the side of his face makes him look like he's wearing white earmuffs.
  • Good at collecting rocks for a nest — but not keeping them.
  • Has the softest bray, or call, of the entire colony.

  • February 7, 1992
  • Paired with Velma
Elizabeth

Elizabeth

What to look for
  • Loves spending time in the water.
  • Interacts with guests through the exhibit window.
  • Has a spot on her abdomen shaped like a triangle with a dot inside.

  • January 26, 2009
  • Paired with Amigo
Geyser

Geyser

What to look for
  • Often pushes his way to the front of the line during feeding time.
  • Has the most black spots on his chest and abdomen of any penguin.
  • Very good at collecting nesting material and usually has one of largest rock piles in the colony.

  • July 8, 2006
  • Paired with Bee
Karoo

Karoo

What to look for
  • Has an X-shaped spot pattern across his chest.
  • Interacts directly with guests during special programs.
  • During nesting season, he likes to collect an enrichment item known as "carwash kelp."

  • November 2, 1998
  • Paired with Molopo
Messina

Messina

What to look for
  • Has a smiley face spot pattern on her left shoulder.
  • During nesting season she tries to steal anything she can fit into her nest box.
  • Very curious and loves shadows and shiny enrichment items.

  • December 29, 2008
  • Paired with Pringle
Molopo

Molopo

What to look for
  • A line of small spots on her neck makes her look like she's wearing a necklace.
  • She tends to be wary of people and prefers plenty of space.
  • Likes to catch fish from staff while swimming in the water.

  • May 25, 1994
  • Paired with Karoo
Monty

Monty

What to look for
  • Still in bluish-grey juvenile plumage.
  • Has three small spots on his lower right abdomen.
  • He plays in the water with Poppy or enrichment items.

  • January 19, 2018
Poppy

Poppy

What to look for
  • Still in bluish-grey juvenile plumage.
  • Has spots on her lower left side that form an upside-down V.
  • She will often follow Rey around.

  • January 19, 2018
Pringle

Pringle

What to look for
  • Largest penguin in the colony.
  • He enjoys exploring new areas.
  • During nesting season he will skip out early from feeding sessions to steal rocks from other nests.

  • October 31, 1998
  • Paired with Messina
Rey

Rey

What to look for
  • One of the smallest penguins.
  • Likes to climb rocks and hang out on the waterfall.
  • She interacts directly with guests during special programs. Tries to follow staff outside of the exhibit.

  • June 3, 2014
Sabie

Sabie

What to look for
  • Very defensive of her nest box during breeding season.
  • Can be an awkward eater. Often takes food, drops it, then picks it back up before eating.

  • November 12, 2008
  • Paired with Seekoei
Seekoei

Seekoei

What to look for
  • He has a backward S-shaped spot pattern on his chest.
  • One of our friendliest penguins, he interacts with guests during special programs.
  • Gently tugs on staff's pant legs to communicate he's ready for his fish.

  • September 20, 1998
  • Paired with Sabie
Umngane

Umngane

What to look for
  • She has three small black spots on the right side of her neck.
  • Enjoys sitting on top of driftwood or larger rocks.

  • February 22, 2002
  • Paired with Dassen
Velma

Velma

What to look for
  • She likes having fish tossed to her, either on land or in the water.
  • Has a few white feathers on the back of her head.

  • September 15, 1992
  • Paired with Durban
Walvis

Walvis

What to look for
  • Has an M-shaped spot pattern on her chest.
  • She's a great surrogate mother and very devoted to her mate.

  • December 29, 1994
  • Paired with Boulders