Happy Penguin Awareness Day! We just love these flightless birds, don’t you?

At the Two Oceans Aquarium, you can see endangered, endemic African penguins

 

And gorgeous yellow-crested northern rockhopper penguins.

 

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Cool facts about penguins

African penguins are found only off the coastlines of South Africa and Namibia. In Cape Town, you can see them at Boulder’s Beach near Simon’s Town.

 

Male and female penguins look almost identical. It is very difficult to tell the gender of a penguin without doing a genetic test.

 

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African penguins are currently regarded as vulnerable to extinction. Oil spills are a major threat to their survival. In earlier times the killing of penguins and the collection of their eggs for food, had devastating effects on the population. For example, in the early 1930s some 13-million eggs were collected off Dassen Island alone!

 

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Rockhopper penguins are the smallest of the crested penguin species. They live on rocky, inaccessible coasts in the South Atlantic and Indian Oceans. Their breeding range is restricted to only seven islands within this area. The majority of northern rockhopper penguins can be found on Gough Island and the Tristan da Cunha group of islands.  

 

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Due to their incredible jumping ability, rockhoppers are recognised as “mountaineers” among penguins.

 

Penguins moult once a year. Currently, our youngest rockhopper Clax is going through her very first moult. But don’t worry, it’s perfectly normal.

 

Penguin feeding time is one of the highlights of a visit to the Aquarium. It happens every day at 11h45 and 14h30.

 

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You can sometimes see the rockies dashing through the Ocean Basket Kelp Forest Exhibit. They fly underwater, like bullets!

 

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All 17 species of penguins are naturally found exclusively in the Southern Hemisphere. Another reason to love the two oceans.

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