Meet Our Penguins

These graceful and agile swimmers have a romantic side. If you’re lucky, you might catch them exchanging gifts of pebbles — the penguin equivalent of chocolates and flowers.

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Native to Chile and Peru, these small penguins might not have to deal with the freezing Antarctic, but they have to contend with fishermen. The zoo works with local conservation groups to teach fishermen how to keep the penguins safe, and protect the coastline where they live.

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These avid belly-floppers are the zoo's most mellow penguins. In the winter months, our kings take their keepers for leisurely strolls around the zoo grounds.

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Their yellow crests aren't just a costume piece – rockhoppers are loud, showy birds with hot tempers. Don’t be surprised if you see one hollering in anger at another penguin. 

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How you can help

At the Calgary Zoo, we’re passionate about wildlife conservation. Your donations and membership costs can go a long way towards helping us fund our efforts.

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Penguins

Where we Live

King: Sub-Antarctic islands and the Falkland Islands in 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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Did you know?

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