The Steinhart’s colony of African penguins can be found at the end of Tusher African Hall. A colony of twenty African penguins can be viewed through a window that is 26 feet wide and 16 feet tall.
The 25,000 gallon tank has a jet system designed to simulate wave action and stimulate the activities of the birds.
The life support system for this exhibit filters the water every 30 minutes, and maintains the water at a chilly 50°F.
Steinhart’s penguins are part of the American Zoo and Aquarium Association’s Species Survival Program, aimed at conserving this species in the wild. African penguins (Spheniscus demersus) live off the coast of South Africa and Namibia. In 2010, the International Union for Conservation of Nature classified the species as endangered, or at very high risk of extinction in the wild.