Outside Animals

Humboldt Penguin Spheniscus humboldti


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

Diet in the wild

Fish, squid and krill

Diet at the Zoo

Mackerel, smelt and capelin

Fascinating Facts

  • 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"