Zoo Zone

Positively Penguins

November 21, 2001

Some penguins like it cold - these penguins like it hot. African penguins live on islands off the coast of South Africa where the air is warm, but the water is cold. Like all penguins, African penguins can not fly in the air, but they can "fly" through the water. Using flipper-like wings a penguin can swim 15 to 20 mph.

what's for DINNER?

Penguins eat fish and squid.

do you KNOW?

Are penguins in trouble?

Answer: Over-fishing, pollution and oil spills threaten the wild population.

learn MORE!

Visit the African penguins at The Baltimore Zoo.

Read Little Penguin's Tale by Audrey Wood.


1. Penguins hatch covered in down (soft gray feathers), which is replaced later by waterproof feathers.

2. A breeding colony of penguins is called a rookery.

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