The northern rockhopper penguins that hop around the Two Oceans Aquarium Penguin Exhibit (supported by Old Mutual Finance) are among our most popular animals. But do you know how we came to keep these endangered seabirds at the Aquarium?

In this video, Two Oceans Aquarium Penguin Handler Sonia Peck explains that these penguins are what we call “shipwreck” or “bycatch penguins” – they were abandoned or thrown overboard by high-seas fishermen.

All but one of our rockhopper penguins were found this way. Clax, the youngest, was hatched at the Aquarium.

Known as the “the mountaineers of the penguin species”, the Aquarium rockhoppers go behind the scenes on a daily basis – hopping up and down our staircase – to go for a swim in the Ocean Basket Kelp Forest Exhibit.

Encounter the penguins

You can meet our rockies through our awesome, interactive Penguin Encounter! Just two people are able to join a bird keeper for an informative, fun and exhilarating face-to-face encounter with our feathered friends.

A Penguin Encounter ticket also gives you access to the rest of the Aquarium for the remainder of your day and R100 of the fee will be donated towards a penguin conservation fund.

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