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. The Penguin Walk might be the cutest exercise you'll ever see! The 2018 walk begins Wednesday, January 17, 2018, so come see the royalty - you've never been this close to a king. Catch a glimpse of the waddlers here.
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Approximate Feeding Times
Daily: 10:30 a.m.; randomly throughout day.
Penguin Plunge hours:
Penguin Plunge opens daily at 9 a.m., with the last entrance at 4:15 p.m. The building closes at 4:30 p.m.
The 2018 Penguin Walk is featured daily at 11 a.m., starting Wednesday, January 17, 2018.Buy Tickets
Meet Our Penguins
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
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.
Just before hatching, penguin chicks call to their parents from inside the egg.
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.