Penguin Point

penguin parents and chickWelcome to Penguin Point, home to our flock of Magellanic penguins!

You'll spot our birds nestling in burrows, sunning themselves on the rocks or deciding just when to dive into the pool. Find Penguin Point just uphill from the Wild Wonders Outdoor Theater, near to Budgie Buddies and Camels.

dr Karen and penguin chick
Latest news

Four penguin chicks have hatched! After sitting on eggs all month, two parent couples Pink and Red and Yellow and Orange (we call them by the colored ID bands on their wings) have baby chicks to care for. 

penguin chick hangs

Keepers and head veterinarian Dr. Karen Wolf did a well-chick exam, and found all chicks in excellent health.

Now it's up to the parents. Staff biologist Amanda Shaffer reports that the parents are doing a great job taking turns brooding the chicks, feeding them regurgitated fish (yum!) and keeping them warm with a special abdomen patch that allows skin-to-skin contact.

Visitors might be able to spot the fluffy chicks - or they might not. They'll mostly stay tucked away under Mom and Dad, keeping warm and sleeping.

About our penguins

Magellanic penguins are medium-sized birds that weigh around 10 pounds as adults. They're native to the South American coasts of Chile, Argentine, Uruguay and Brazil. Four of our penguins were rescued after washing ashore in South America. Four were hatched here, and one was hatched at Blank Park Zoo in Iowa.

They're a near-threatened species, threatened in the wild by plastic ocean trash, oil spills and overfishing.

penguin wings