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Humboldt Penguin

Spheniscus humboldti

  1. Not Evaluated
  2. Data Deficient
  3. Least Concern
  4. Near Threatened
  5. Vulnerable
  6. Endangered
  7. Critically Endangered
  8. Extinct in the Wild
  9. Extinct

About Us

The Humboldt penguin is named after the strip of water it swims in, the Humboldt Current, but is also known as the Peruvian penguin because of the unusual location of this strip of water. They are found along the coast of Chile and Peru, unlike their colder climate relatives.

There is a large colony of Humboldt penguins here at Woburn.  We recognise each individual penguin by the spot patterns on their chests, each one has a unique pattern which they keep throughout their life. You will find them swimming in the pool, splashing around at feeding time, or busy in their nests on the hillside. Their distinctive braying calls can be heard from all around the animal encounters section.

Peru and Chile
Swimming in the Humboldt Current, nesting on coastlines with substantial guano deposits
Up to 64cm long
Wild 15 - 20 years, captivity up to 30 years
Over fishing, pollution, and guano harvesting