|Size:||61-76 cm (24-30 inches)|
|Weight:||5,5 - 6,4 KG (12-14 lbs)|
|Life Span:||15 - 20 years old|
|Diet:||primarily small fish species and krill|
Did you know?
They are the third largest penguins, following the Emperor and King Penguins.
They are actually birds and lay eggs!
They have a white "cap" extending from eye to eye over the top of their heads.
They are a population of more than half a million Gentoo Penguins living in the wild.
They use nesting materials ranging from pebbles and molted feathers in Antarctica to vegetation on subantarctic islands.
Frequently Asked Questions
|Q.||Are penguins birds?|
|A.||Yes, penguins are birds. They have feathers, lay eggs and have forelimbs modified as wings, but in this case used for swimming. They also share all the other characteristics of birds, being warm-blooded (around 40oC) and having a reduced reproductive system (one functional ovary or testis).|
|Q.||What do penguins eat?|
|A.||The diet of penguins varies between species and in some cases, location. The species taken include a wide range of fish, squid, octopus and euphuists (shrimp-like animals). Some species of penguin target surface-schooling fish species while others are mid-water or bottom feeders.|