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Humboldt Penguin

Spheniscus humboldti

The Humboldt Penguin lives near rocky mainland shores in the Humboldt Current of Pacific coast Chile and Peru.

IN THE WILD – Fish, squid and krill
IN THE ZOO – Mackerel, smelt and capelin


  • Adults weigh approximately 8-10 pounds and are 15-18 inches tall
  • Swim up to 17 miles per hour
  • Lose and replace all feathers once a year in a process called molting
  • Each of the Zoo's penguins eat 2 pounds of fish per day
  • Zoo guests can see the penguins eat every day at 11 a.m. and 3 p.m. and participate in the game "Eat That Fish"