Steinhart Aquarium’s colony of African penguins can be found at the end of Tusher African Hall. A colony of 15 – 18 African penguins can be viewed through a window that is 26 feet wide and 16 feet tall.
The 25,000 gallon tank has a jet system designed to simulate currents and stimulate the activities of the birds.
The life support system for this exhibit filters the water every 30 minutes, and maintains seasonal water temperatures.
Steinhart’s penguins are part of the Association of Zoos and Aquariums' Species Survival Program, aimed at ensuring the sustainability of a healthy, genetically diverse, and demographically varied population. African penguins (Spheniscus demersus) live off the coast of South Africa and Namibia. In 2010, the International Union for Conservation of Nature classified the species as endangered, or at very high risk of extinction in the wild.