Naples Zoo welcomes the pitter-patter of little webbed feet this week as four African penguins move into their new seasonal digs in Naples. Penguins in Paradise, a traveling exhibit, will be included in regular Zoo admission through April 15. And we. Are. So. EXCITED.
In case you’re worried, no, they won’t melt in our decidedly un-icy climate. In fact, these little guys live in colonies on the coast and islands of southern Africa. Here are a few more tidbits:
- African penguins are also called jackass penguins. They make donkey-like braying sounds to communicate.
- They can stay underwater for two-and-a-half minutes and dive as deep as 420 feet to catch small fish, squid or crustaceans.
- They’re little! The average African penguin is just two feet tall and weighs under eight pounds.
- They’re endangered. Today, their population is less than 10 percent of what it was in 1900. Funds raised from the Naples Zoo exhibit will benefit conservation efforts.
Naples Zoo at Caribbean Gardens
1590 Goodlette-Frank Road, Naples
(239) 262-5409 | napleszoo.org
Open daily, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. (last tickets sold at 4 p.m.)
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