See Our Penguins Up Close

The Calgary Zoo's penguins are outgoing and curious about everything around them, including zoo visitors. Watch four different species zip through the water at lightning speed, right before your eyes. Our Gentoo penguins may be the fastest swimmers, but our king penguins know how to get around too – in wintery weather they like to take their keepers for walkabouts around the zoo grounds.

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Exhibit Details

Approximate Feeding Times

Daily: 10:30 a.m.; randomly throughout day

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Zoo member Michelle Golany and her two kids caught their first glimpse of our penguin chick today! #penguinsyyc

One of our penguin interpreters helps guests see our gentoo chick on first open day. #penguinsyyc

Meet Our Penguins

Gentoo Penguin

Gentoo Penguin

Romancing the Stone

Look for gentoo couples presenting each other with gifts of pebbles for their nest – the penguin equivalent of chocolates and flowers. Watch how gracefully they get in and out of the water compared to their clumsier cousins.

Status in the Wild

Source: IUCN

Humboldt Penguin

Humboldt Penguin

Tough Guys

Native to Chile and Peru, these small penguins might not have to deal with the freezing cold of Antarctica, but they have problems of their own. The zoo is helping local conservation groups teach fisherman how they can fish without hurting penguins. They also show local people how they can help protect the coastline where penguins live and make their nests.

Status in the Wild

Source: IUCN

King Penguin

King Penguin

Chill

The zoo's most mellow penguins. In the winter months our kings take their keepers for leisurely strolls around the zoo grounds. Avid belly floppers.

Status in the Wild

Source: IUCN

Rockhopper Penguin

Rockhopper Penguin

Rock Stars

Their yellow crests aren't just a costume piece – rockhoppers are loud, showy birds with hot tempers. If you're lucky you might see one dancing its anger or singing (okay, hollering) its disagreement at another penguin. 

Status in the Wild

Source: IUCN


King Penguin Project

The zoo is helping scientists in England study king penguins in Antarctica without leaving London. How? Triggered by motion, remote cameras take photos of penguins and satellite phones send the images to the researchers in London where they use them to count penguins, study the birds’ behaviour and help decide which areas of their habitat need to be protected.

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Learning Centre

Programs

Breakfast with the Penguins

Rise and shine for a hearty pancake breakfast. Learn why penguins waddle and how a bird with no teeth can eat so much fish!

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Premier Penguins Behind the Scenes

Get closer to the zoo family with an intimate behind-the-scenes zoo experience. Help the zookeeper feed the penguins at the Calgary Zoo.

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Just before hatching, penguin chicks call to their parents from inside the egg.

Important Facts

Here's where we call home.

King: Sub-Antarctic islands and the Falkland Islands (South America)

Humboldt: The warm Pacific coast of South America

Gentoo: Antarctica and surrounding islands

Rockhopper: Found on just two small islands in the south Atlantic Ocean, Tristan da Cunha and Gough Island.


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