African Penguins

 
 

There are penguins in Africa. Seriously. The African Penguin is a species of penguin only found on the Southern tip of Africa, centered near Cape Town.

Boulders Beach, on the Cape of Good Hope, is located about 45 minutes south of Central Cape Town. There are millions of penguins that have colonized the beach and the surrounding area. It is not uncommon to see them strolling down the middle of the road, or jumping out at you from the bushes.

There are many excellent waterfront restaurants just up the road in Simon’s Town, so you don’t have to go just for the penguins. But if you’re in Cape Town, you definitely have to check out the African Penguins!

 
False Bay, South Africa

False Bay, South Africa

An African Penguin walking back to the water after an excursion into town.

An African Penguin walking back to the water after an excursion into town.

Watch out, or you might get attacked from the bushes by a friendly penguin. Just don’t pet them.

Watch out, or you might get attacked from the bushes by a friendly penguin. Just don’t pet them.

Temperatures in the Western Cape are relatively moderate, but still warmer than typical penguin species can handle. The African Penguin has evolved to deal with temperatures around 70ºF/20ºC.

Temperatures in the Western Cape are relatively moderate, but still warmer than typical penguin species can handle. The African Penguin has evolved to deal with temperatures around 70ºF/20ºC.

There are an estimated 4 million African Penguins, but the species is still considered endangered.

There are an estimated 4 million African Penguins, but the species is still considered endangered.

Three penguins leaving the beach.

Three penguins leaving the beach.

 

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