55 Music Concourse Dr.
Golden Gate Park
San Francisco CA
Regular Hours:


9:30 am – 5:00 pm


11:00 am – 5:00 pm
Members' Hours:


8:30 – 9:30 am


10:00 – 11:00 am

The Academy will be closed on Thanksgiving and Christmas Day.

Planetarium will be closed Sep. 22, 23, 24

Live Penguin Cams 

October 12, 2012

Raising Awareness

African Penguin Awareness Day 2012

This Saturday is African Penguin Awareness Day. SANCCOB, an organization that has been working in-situ with African penguins for 30 years, has provided materials for educators and kids to use this weekend. The African penguin population has plummeted 90% in the last 100 years and the species is currently listed as endangered by IUCN.

Click here to download posters and other educational materials.

Learn more about SANCCOB here.

Filed under: Penguin Science,Wild Penguins — admin @ 5:20 pm

January 31, 2009

African penguin Plumage: Belly Spots

This is Pomona, she hatched on 23 October 2007.  She has an Orange band on her left wing and a Gold band on her right wing.  The large black spot on her belly is also an easy way to identify her.  The belly spots on an African penguin are different for every bird.  This is similar to our fingerprints.  There is a computer identification program being used in the wild in order to track individual penguins.  This aids researchers in keeping record of the penguin’s time spent at sea and their behavior.-Pamela Schaller

Filed under: CAS Penguin Colony,Penguin Science,Wild Penguins — Penguins @ 6:06 pm

December 20, 2008

Penguins and Polar Bears?

During the holiday season there are often pictures of penguins and polar bears together.  While the image of penguins and polar bears are endearing, they are not naturally found in the same location.  Polar bears live in the North Pole.  Two species of penguins live in the South Pole and all penguins live in the southern hemisphere.  The type of penguins that are at the Academy are found along the southern tip of Africa and never come in contact with Polar Bears.-Pamela Schaller

Filed under: CAS Penguin Colony,Penguin Science,Wild Penguins — Penguins @ 2:06 pm

October 25, 2008

African penguin Individuals: Brenton the Youngest Penguin

“Brenton” hatched on 25 October 2007 and is celebrating his first birthday today!  To identify him on camera he has an orange wing band on his right wing and a gold wing band on his left wing.   He was named as part of our website contest allowing participants to vote, with the most votes determining the name.  Brenton is also the name of an island off of the coast of South Africa.  This is one of the 24 islands and 3 mainland sites that the African penguin inhabits.  In 1994 there were 99 adult African penguins that lived on Brenton Island.-Pamela Schaller

Filed under: CAS Penguin Colony,Penguin Science,Wild Penguins — Penguins @ 2:54 pm