More African Penguins

We cannot get enough of Simonstown’s African penguins!

These penguins are actually known as the “jackass” penguins due to the fact that they bray like a donkey! Adult African penguins are nearly 28 inches tall and can weigh over 7 pounds. These little guys LOVE fish & squid and sadly these penguins are on the endangered species list. One reason is due to the local fisheries harvesting sardines and anchovies, the African penguins main diet, causing them to swim out further into the ocean, finding less nutritious fish and making them more likely to become prey themselves to sharks and even killer whales. Without predators, the African penguin can live up to 27 years in the wild, some have lived 30 years in captivity.