King Penguin
King Penguin
ABout King Penguin

This is the second largest species of penguin, next to the emperor, and it is the largest penguin on exhibit at the Indianapolis Zoo.

It has an orange oval along side of face and a neon yellow patch at the base of neck.

Penguin Cam

Watch the Penguins Live!

Oceans Stamp
average size
3 feet tall, weighs 40 pounds
native region
Asset 7
eating habits
Small fish, squid
Conservation status
Least concern
Come see for yourself.

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

The King 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.

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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Animal Amigo
Sponsor a Penguin

The Animal Amigo program helps care for all of the animals at the Zoo by funding food, medical treatment, equipment, enrichment toys, and habitat improvement for the animals in our care. For a donation of $100 or more, you can sponsor a penguin at the Indianapolis Zoo. You will receive a plush, collector card, certificate and recognition on the Animal Amigo donor board!

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Penguin News
Learn more about our Penguins
Protector of Penguins Earns World’s Leading Award for Animal Conservation
Protector of Penguins Earns World’s Leading Award for Animal Conservation

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Three Chicks Join Penguin Flock

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