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February 26, 2011

African penguin Feeding: Feed Times Are Changing


Hello to our avid penguin feed watchers and to our first time viewers. We have normally fed our birds at 10:30am and at 3:30pm. However, we are now changing the feed times as of Monday 28 February 2011. The feed times will permanently change to 10:30am and 3:00pm. African penguins feed on two types of fish in the wild (anchovies and sardines) and we simulate their diet at the Academy by offering sustainably caught herring and capelin. We also supplement our fish with vitamins on a daily basis; including vitamin B-1, E and a multi-vitamin. For the first time in years we are making a small change to their feeding routine. I expect this will not be noticed by the colony, but we will monitor their food consumption as we always do. Visit us in person or on-line to watch our biologists educate our visitors and feed the birds.-Pamela Schaller

Filed under: CAS Penguin Colony — Penguins @ 5:55 pm


  1. Pam, thank-you for leaving your microphone on as long as possible during feedings…I enjoy your comments and ‘small-talk’ with the penguins :)

    Comment by Kelly — March 10, 2011 @ 11:50 am

  2. is pierre the penguin still alive???????

    Comment by abby — March 11, 2011 @ 2:17 pm

  3. aaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaawwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwweeeeeeeeeeeeeeee!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    Comment by abby — March 12, 2011 @ 4:59 pm

  4. pierre

    Comment by abby — March 12, 2011 @ 5:00 pm

  5. pierre is sooooo hot!!!!!!!!!!

    Comment by abby — March 12, 2011 @ 5:01 pm

  6. We are first-time penguin watchers and during our visit today, we found one of them (with a red wing band) looking extra-curious. He/she seems to like to hang around people and is very popular. What’s the penguin’s name and story? (We noticed two with red wing bands, but this one was very active with visitors).

    Comment by Name of penguin? — March 12, 2011 @ 9:50 pm

  7. Hello, Ocio is the penguin you are referring to. He came to us from Idaho in October of 2007. Since he has joined our colony he has grown into an adult penguin with some very unusual markings and behavioral ineteractions. He is known to be very dominant, court human females and is constantly seeking out interactions with our visitors. He is an ambassador for the African penguin, as his antics have inspired many people to spend more time watching these endangered penguins.-Pamela Schaller

    Comment by Penguins — March 19, 2011 @ 11:25 am

  8. Hello Abby, Yes Pierre is alive and well. He is the penguin that has the blue wing band on his right wing and is often the first to feed in our colony of African penguins.-Pamela Schaller

    Comment by Penguins — March 19, 2011 @ 11:26 am

  9. what time zone are you in?

    Comment by krista — March 23, 2011 @ 8:11 am

  10. Hello Krista, We are in the Pacific Standard Time Zone.-Pamela Schaller

    Comment by Penguins — April 6, 2011 @ 11:00 am

  11. We visited last summer and loved the penguins. How much do they eat each day?


    Comment by franny — April 8, 2011 @ 5:57 pm

  12. Hi Franny, African penguins can eat as much as a pound of food per bird per day (4 to 20 fish, depending on the type and size). They have a very high metabolism and require many calories for their variety of activities and to stay warm while swimming. -Pamela Schaller

    Comment by Penguins — April 19, 2011 @ 1:56 pm

  13. Pam, What advice would you give a college student who is interested in a career at the Academy working with penguins?

    Comment by Julie — May 20, 2011 @ 9:41 pm

  14. Hi Julie, Gaining professional experience in addition to a science degree is very helpful. I suggest volunteering or interning with exotic animals (zoos or aquariums usually offer these programs). Or try working at a wildlife rehabilitation facility; like the IBRRC or The Marine Mammal Center. Get your SCUBA certification and dive as frequently as possible. -Pamela Schaller

    Comment by Penguins — May 21, 2011 @ 9:48 am

  15. are the penguins more active or playful closer to their feeding times?

    Comment by brittney — May 22, 2011 @ 10:57 am

  16. Hi Brittney, Yes. The best times to watch the most activty are early in the morning and around the feed times.-Pamela Schaller

    Comment by Penguins — May 25, 2011 @ 2:28 pm

  17. Hi my class read Pierre’s story today. We are wondering if he is still alive?

    Comment by Olivia — January 9, 2012 @ 5:42 pm

  18. Pierre is very much alive and doing wonderfully. Next month on February 16th he’ll turn 29!

    Comment by Penguins — January 16, 2012 @ 5:17 pm

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