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

Please note: The Academy will be closing at 3:00 pm on 10/24 (final entry at 2:00 pm). We apologize for any inconvenience.

There are no notifications at this time.

Live Penguin Cams 

October 4, 2008

The New Penguin Exhibit

Welcome to our new academy site, I am the primary biologist that cares for our African penguins.  They are challenging and rewarding to work with.  Every week I will add a new post updating on the colony, the exhibit or individual birds.  To start, the photo is of our new exhibit located in Africa Hall.  It represents Boulders Beach in South Africa, a location where these penguins are found in the wild.  We mimic their natural environment including changing the air temperature, water temperature and lighting through the days and year.   The Penguin cameras are for us and for you to enjoy.  They are designed to work under very low light conditions.  At night even though it may look bright in the exhibit, the exhibit is dark and the penguins are at rest.  We are excited to have you join us with the latest in technology and care of these African penguins. 

Filed under: CAS Penguin Colony — Penguins @ 6:18 pm


  1. God Bless you all for your time, work, and love for these little ones!
    Are their kind or any other kind in danger of extinction? Their new home is wonderful! Have they been happier in this new home? I pray that you can continue with your work and care for them and all of the other animals too! Thank you for your contribution to their world. It would be wonderful to visit them someday! How much do they eat in a day? Are they breeding in their new home? I will keep you in my prayers that you all stay well and safe. Thanks again!

    Comment by Lynn Rader — October 6, 2008 @ 1:03 am

  2. Fantastic exhibit! We are watching from Salisbury. MD. How many penguins are in the exhibit and what’s their age range?

    Comment by nancy — October 6, 2008 @ 7:35 am

  3. I just want to say ‘thank you’ for providing these web cams for all of us to enjoy!

    Comment by debbie — October 6, 2008 @ 7:46 am

  4. I love being able to watch the progress of the penguins via video. Please keep this viewing available as long as you are able. GOD BLESS you and keep up the GREAT job for the sake of the penguins. :)

    Comment by Berlyn — October 6, 2008 @ 8:40 am

  5. The new habitat is GREAT. I am watching from Missoula MT, and I absolutely love your site. We have nothing like that here.
    Keep us posted.AND keep up the GREAT work

    Comment by Candy — October 6, 2008 @ 8:55 am

  6. These web cams are great! I have a somewhat stressful job, and switching over to the underwater web cam to see what the little guys are up to throughout my workday is a great stress reliever! You can’t help but smile and find some perspective when you watch them for a few minutes. I forwarded the link to friends, family, and co-workers so they can do the same. Thanks so much for letting us get a peak into their world!

    Comment by Meg — October 6, 2008 @ 10:04 am

  7. I was there opening weekend and this was my favorite exhibit. I missed the feeding that day so I was happy to catch it on the webcam the next morning. Thanks for your loving care and concern for these noble creatures. Love this webcam feature!

    Comment by Mary — October 6, 2008 @ 3:35 pm

  8. Thank you so much for the penguin cams. I found myself looking in on the penguins several times at work today and it was very calming. I will keep checking back for your blogs, also.

    Comment by Karen Adams — October 6, 2008 @ 4:37 pm

  9. I love these cams. Weh and how to the penguins get fed? Is is daily? I’d love to watch!

    Comment by Another Nancy — October 9, 2008 @ 12:52 pm

  10. My family and I visited the penguin exhibit over the years many times. We were privileged to know and love one of your employees. His name was Lloyd Gomez. We had been friends for many years. When I see all the wonderful exhibits you have created, I think how pleased he would have been. The new exhibit would be very special to him. We shall never forget what he meant to us and all that he added to the lives of all who visited the Aquarium!

    Comment by Fran Craig — October 9, 2008 @ 4:35 pm

  11. I’m like some of the other commenters. I’m in a stressful job and take mini-breaks to watch “my” penguins. It helps de-stress me. I’ve been watching them all summer and they feel like friends now. Keep up the good work!

    Comment by Claudia Jelden — October 10, 2008 @ 10:47 am

  12. I live in Colorado and originally read about Pierre several months ago when the story about his health and development of his wetsuit was in the news. That was one of the most interesting and heartwarming events to come out of the news in a really long time. I just recently came across the story again and found the link to CAS website and the Penquin Cams. It’s truly fancinating to watch the birds in action and I really like the closeups available on Pam’s camera. The birds show so much personality as they just go about doing what they do. I wish some sound could be associated with the live feed video. That would provide another dimension to the experience and add to the enjoyment in the process. I’m really glad you folks are taking such wonderful care of the birds. Getting a chance to peak into their lives adds so much to life’s experiences. Keep up the outstanding work and I hope Pierre is still enjoying his surroundings! Thanks again

    Comment by Robert Lackey — October 11, 2008 @ 8:58 am

  13. Another Nancy: The feedings are at 10:30 and 3:30 for 20 mins (or so the website says). Sometimes the human hangs around longer than that though. I always look in throughout the day. :-)

    Comment by Mary — October 14, 2008 @ 11:09 am

  14. i love penguins!

    Comment by A Name! — October 18, 2008 @ 5:39 pm

  15. My sons Karl and Christopher were part of the student volunteer program under Lloyd Gomez and had the wonderful privelege of his mentoring and teachings. They are better men today because of him and my oldest is now a Marine Biologist who followed his love of the animals there. And of course, we loved Ursula, the pengiun, she was a family member and I have tons of great pictures with her.
    Menard Family/

    Comment by Karen Menard — January 3, 2012 @ 5:02 pm

RSS feed for comments on this post.

Sorry, the comment form is closed at this time.