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The warm weather loving Humboldt penguin is native to the desert coast of Chile and Peru. These birds have special heat dispersing skin patches near their beaks that allow them to live in such a warm environment. You can find our Humboldt penguins in their indoor/outdoor exhibit at Helzberg Penguin Plaza.
Yes – We have had 5 Gentoo penguin chicks hatch since we opened the exhibit in 2013. The Kings have not laid eggs yet, but if they do we will let them hatch them out as well.
The air and water are both kept at 45° F.
They are fed twice per day and they get to eat as much as they want.
Yes – All of the penguins have names, and we can tell them apart by the bands they wear on their wings. I am not sure how good the definition is on the camera but some of the penguins have bands that have their names written on them.
King, Gentoo in this exhibit and Humboldt in our indoor/outdoor exhibit.
We currently have 16 King penguins and 38 Gentoo penguins in the exhibit you can see on the web cam. We also have 19 Humboldt penguins that live in a different exhibit.
Penguins actually live in very large groups in the wild. They like to live together in close quarters, but need space to swim, nest, and rest, all of which we have at the Kansas City Zoo.
That is Elvis one of our King Penguins. He wears the feathers in that spot down every year. We believe it is from him rubbing his belly on the ramps as he gets out of our pools. He tends to be one of our chunkier penguins.