Our energetic and inquisitive African penguins are visitor favorites.
We feed the African penguins in our Splash Zone exhibit multiple times a day, sometimes by hand to make sure they get their daily vitamin, and sometimes by tossing food into the water to stimulate foraging behavior. Watch for underwater acrobatics as the penguins dart and dive to catch their fish.
Our new — very vocal — penguin chick has been named Tule (TOO-lee). Her name comes from the large bulrush, or water plant, that was used by Ohlone Peoples to thatch their homes and for their tule balsas (rafts). She is now behind the scenes learning to swim, but you’ll be able to see her waddling with our African penguin colony in a few months.
Join Dr. Mike and his penguin pal, Rey, on a tour of our new Juli Plant Grainger Animal Care Center. The expanded care facility, which you might get a peek at on a Behind-the-Scenes Tour, will help us increase and continue to improve our animal health programs and our educational outreach for aspiring veterinarians interested in conservation medicine.
How does a skate settle down for the evening? Do sharks get shuteye once the Aquarium closes? Find out with a sleepover! After fun activities and a bedtime snack, snuggle in next to your favorite exhibit, then wake up to a continental breakfast.
The Aquarium's curator of birds journeyed to South Africa to help rescue and rehabilitate endangered African penguins in their native habitat. Though she's worked with our Splash Zone colony for over a decade, this was the first time she'd seen our penguins' wild kin.
Our standards-based curriculum has been developed to provide educators with easy-to-use, Aquarium-centered science activities for the classroom.