African Penguin Webcam

Welcome to the home of some of most charismatic creatures in Cold Water Quest -- the African penguins. These endangered birds serve as ambassadors for their species, inviting guests to appreciate and conserve African penguins in their natural habitats.

The African penguin makes its home along the coasts of Namibia and South Africa. Here at Georgia Aquarium, we keep their habitat at about 65-70 degrees Fahrenheit (18-21 degrees Celsius). The water temperature is 62-66 degrees Fahrenheit (17-19 degrees Celsius). In this exhibit, you may be able to identify bonded pairs. These pairs are often seen preening each other. This helps birds clean and arrange feathers in areas they cannot reach, and plays a role in strengthening bonds between mates.

This webcam is available from 9 a.m. to 11 p.m. EST.

African Penguin Facts:

  • Average height: 18-25 inches (46-64 cm); average weight: 6-7 lbs. (2.7-3.2 kg)
  • Birds waterproof themselves by using their beak to spread oil from a gland at the base of the tail
  • Bones are solid, unlike the hollow bones of flying birds
  • Can swim up to approximately 12.5 mph (20 km/h) for very short bursts