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”.
|Name||Right/Left Wing||Color||Hatch Date|
|Abe||(No Band)||(No Band)||May 14, 1992|
|Pepper||(No Band)||(No Band)||April 10, 2000|
|Tyke||Right||Yellow||June 9, 2006|
|Violet||Right||White||May 24, 2007|
|Left||White||June 28, 2007|
|Loki||Right||Dark Blue||September 25, 2007|
|Tinkerbelle||Left||Dark Blue||July 3, 2007|
|Thumbelina||Left||Green||July 12, 2007|
|Rocky||Right||Green||November 6, 2006|
|Tyra||Left||Pink||October 17, 2006|
|Thalia||Left||Neon Green||June 2, 2014|
|Mimi||Left||Purple||January 26, 2015|
|Marcus||Right||Purple||December 15, 2014|