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December 15, 2010

African penguin Exhibit: Behind the Scenes Video

California Academy of Sciences provides a behind the scenes encounter with the Academy’s African penguin Spheniscus demersus colony. Meet some of these penguins up close while learning about the physical adaptations of these penguins best suited for their environment and the social dynamics among the colony. Exhibit Video

Filed under: CAS Penguin Colony — Penguins @ 2:33 pm


  1. how do penguins flirt??? The video was very interesting though.

    Comment by lauren — December 27, 2010 @ 12:53 pm

  2. Hi Lauren, Penguins court eachother through head movement and beak/body positioning. Males will typically establish a territory, then move close to a female, lower his head, tuck in his beak towards his chest and walk circles around her. Eventually he will move closer to his burrow. If the female is interested she will mimic his behavior and enter his burrow.-Pamela Schaller

    Comment by Penguins — January 18, 2011 @ 2:33 pm

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