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 11, 2008

African Penguin Colony

The California Academy of Sciences houses 20 African penguins.  The youngest “Brenton” hatched on 25 October 2007 and the oldest “Pierre” hatched on 16 February 1983.  Adults look very different from young (juvenile) penguins.  Adults have white stripes on the side of their heads and a black stripe across their chest.  Juveniles have dark grey heads and do not get their adult feathers until they are about 18-20 months old.  The photo above is of 8 juvenile penguins and 1 adult penguin (lower right side of photo).

Filed under: CAS Penguin Colony — Penguins @ 12:20 pm


  1. I leave your cams running in the background of my computer all day. It’s beautiful and educational and just plain fun. I’ve seen the tank get it’s daily cleansing (I love that your wetsuit looks like a big penguin!) Please tell me how and when and how often the penguins feed. Do they ever experience ice?

    Comment by Another Nancy from long island — October 13, 2008 @ 7:26 am

  2. i was at opening day and was surprised how attentive they were to the crowd. are they generally friendly?

    have been watching the cams daily and have been looking for pierre,
    does he still wear his custom wetsuit?

    thankx for providing the cams, they are great fun to watch.

    Comment by kim — October 14, 2008 @ 9:36 am

  3. Questions for Pam:
    1. Who’s the adult penguin that keeps peeping at Pam’s Webcam?
    2. Do they have any form of entertainment/stimulation aside from the human visits?
    3. Any plans for adding audio to the webcam? I’d love to hear what’s being said!

    Comment by Mary — October 14, 2008 @ 11:51 am

  4. I agree with Mary, I’d love to hear the sounds of the penguins (they were called jackass penguins because of their sounds). I would also like to hear what Pam and others say when they answer questions from the “audience”. Thank you. I love watching them being fed!!

    Comment by Patrice — October 14, 2008 @ 7:26 pm

  5. What time do you clean the tank?

    Comment by Mia — October 18, 2008 @ 5:31 pm

  6. By:Another Nancy from long island: Please tell me how and when and how often the penguins feed. Do they ever experience ice?

    These are african penguins, so no, I don’t think that they ever experience ice, and thy are fed twice a day, 10:30, and 3:30 from a bucket of fish!
    Hope this helps, although I don’t work here!

    Comment by Mia — October 18, 2008 @ 5:35 pm

  7. It’s great to see so many new faces (chicks)!!! Are shelly and homey still around?

    Comment by Risa — October 20, 2008 @ 12:56 am

  8. Patrice: She usually cleans the exhibit after the morning feeding (hosing down the rocks and mesh lining). I’ve seen her scoop stuff from the water once. It was fun to see the penguins swimming all around her and even biting the net stick! They’re so cute and playful!

    What I want to know is who is that penguin that follows her around all the time. So cute!

    Comment by Mary — October 20, 2008 @ 10:27 am

  9. I am exactly 30 years older than Brenton. I will turn 31 tomorrow when he tuns 1! Happy Birthday kiddo!!

    Comment by Marit — October 24, 2008 @ 3:39 pm

  10. I went to see the penguins today after many months of watching on the webcams. I got some good pics. I love the little guys. I want to know more about the penguins. I want to know all about them! Let me know if you need any help, Pam and crew!

    Comment by Jenifer — October 29, 2008 @ 8:48 pm

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