Habitat: In Europe, the habitat includes freshwater lakes, deltas, marshes, or swamps; that is, wherever sufficient amounts of reed beds or grasses exist for nesting. In Africa, the habitat includes lowlands and alkaline or freshwater lakes. read more >
See eye to eye with the penguins as they waddle around the rocky beach and catch a glimpse of the Inca terns as they fly here and there. The main attraction however is fifty-two feet of underwater viewing. The 45,000-gallon pool simulates a portion of the Humboldt Current off the coasts of Chile and Peru - where Humboldt penguins are typically found and where they derive their name. Come out and watch as the penguins swim, dive and play in the water.
Cessna Penguin Cove Cam
The penguins are out and about daily from 8:30 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. CST. Feeding Time: 3:45 p.m. daily.
Our penguin cam was made possible by a donation from Kelly and Jon Callen and a partnership with Cox Communications. Thanks so much for all you do for the Zoo!
Penguins are dependant on land for molting (the annual shedding of feathers that are replaced with new), breeding, and nesting. Most species of penguin breed once each year, laying one or two eggs. Many penguins nest in open habitats with primitive nests on the ground. The familiar emperor penguin uses its feet, feathers, and fat to keep eggs warm, while Humboldt penguins nest in natural crevices or small caves.
All penguins are made for their marine lifestyle, with streamlined bodies that allow them to be excellent swimmers. Their wings are stiff, flat flippers used to propel them through the water. Unlike other birds, they have heavy, solid bones that reduce the energy needed to dive. Many penguins spend as much as 80-percent of their lives in the water.
A Threatened Species
Cessna Penguin Cove has provided us the opportunity to showcase Humboldt penguins. In addition, it also allows a novel opportunity for us to present the plight of marine species and habitats. We ofen hear of issues affecting our oceans; over fishing, warming of sea temperatures and pollution to name a few. These and many other issues also affect the Humboldt penguins. Living on the rugged coast of Chile and Peru, the Humboldt penguins have thrived in an area where one of the driest deserts encounters one of the coldest ocean currents. Due to unique underwater topography, the area around Punta San Juan, Peru provides ideal habitat for fish that the penguins and other seabirds depend upon. For centuries this avian species has chosen Punta San Juan as a safe haven to raise their chicks. This area boasts Peru's largest breeding concentration of the threatened Humboldt penguin.
You can effect change
Although penguin species all over the world are fighting a battle for survival, you can make a difference! Simply by making small lifestyle changes, you can help protect penguins from many of the dangers they face. Cut greenhouse gases that cause climate change by: replacing traditional light bulbs with compact florescent light bulbs; recycling more; and turning off and unplugging electrical devices when not in use. You should also purchase or eat only fish that are listed as "good" on the Seafood Watch list.
In 2007 Sedgwick County Zoo was able to designate $2,000. from its conservation fund for the center in Peru. We hope to make yearly donations as needed. In addition to our own desire to help wild penguins, we are offering our guests a chance to do the same. As you exit Cessna Penguin Cove there is a donation box for our Pennies for Penguins campaign. Here you can choose to give your own support to projects like the one mentioned above. All the money collected through Pennies for Penguins goes to the Punta San Juan project. If every person who visited the Zoo this year would give just a penny - we could raise an extra $5,000 for conservation. Not only does a penny count - but also you have the ability to help animals in the wild from right here in Wichita.
Celebrate penguins every day!
If you can't make it out to the Zoo to celebrate penguins, check out these penguin coloring pages and other fun activities you can do at home!