African Penguin

Fine-Feathered Friends.

Penguins in Florida? You bet! There are 18 species of penguins in the world, with 5 being warm weather species. That means that almost 1/3 of penguin species spend their time in warm weather, similar to Florida, instead of the chilly Antarctic. Our penguins love being out in the sun and swimming around in the water.

How can you tell our penguins apart?

While most penguins may look alike, each penguin has a unique pattern of markings on its chest – just like a fingerprint. An easy way to tell our penguins apart is the colored bands we put on their flippers. Males have colored bands on the right flipper and the females have colored bands on the left flipper. When 2 penguins have the same color band but on different sides, that means they are “together”.


NameRight/Left WingColorHatch Date
Abe(No Band)(No Band)May 14, 1992
Pepper(No Band)(No Band)April 10, 2000
TykeRightYellowJune 9, 2006
VioletRightWhiteMay 24, 2007


LeftWhiteJune 28, 2007
LokiRightDark BlueSeptember 25, 2007
TinkerbelleLeftDark BlueJuly 3, 2007
ThumbelinaLeftGreenJuly 12, 2007
RockyRightGreenNovember 6, 2006
TyraLeftPinkOctober 17, 2006
ThaliaLeftNeon GreenJune 2, 2014
MimiLeftPurpleJanuary 26, 2015
MarcusRightPurpleDecember 15, 2014