Rockhopper Penguin
Rockhopper Penguin
Oceans
ABout Rockhopper Penguin

Rockhoppers often burst from the water at the shoreline and got their name from hopping from rock to rock!

They have a life span of 15 to 20 years and have crest of yellow and black spiky feathers above their eyes. They are smaller in size than a King penguin.

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FACTS & STATISTICS
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average size
22'', 4.4-6.6lbs
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native region
Islands adjacent to Antarctica, from Chile to New Zealand
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eating habits
Fish
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Conservation status
Vulnerable
Penguin Cam

Watch the Penguins Live!


Come see for yourself.

Look no further. Connect with our amazing animals and learn about the wild places they come from.

WHERE ARE THEY AT THE ZOO?
The Rockhopper Penguin is located in the Oceans Exhibit.
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Additional Experiences
Penguin Feed Demonstration
Presented by Dippin' Dots

Have you ever seen a penguin “fly” underwater? They are FAST — darting, turning on a dime and heading as quickly as possible for their “fishy” targets. Join the Oceans aquarists for a chat about our penguins and a demonstration of their superior fishing skills as they dive for their dinner. Be sure to look at the third viewing window under your feet to see these skillful swimmers shoot through the water! You’ll learn more about these amazing aquatic birds and the challenges they face in the wild.

ADDITIONAL EXPERIENCES
Animal Art Adventure

Talk about happy feet — our penguins can not only keep the beat, they can also create beautiful art! A Penguin Art Adventure will take participants behind the scenes in Oceans, where they will meet a penguin, learn about some of the things that make these marine birds unique in the bird world, and receive their own penguin art! This program is available from April through September.

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