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Friday & Saturday 9:00am-9:00pm

Humboldt Penguins

Humboldt penguins are a threatened species. Major threats to their survival include:
  1. Reduction in food supply because of commercial overfishing
  2. Global climate change
  3. Increased frequency of El Nino weather events
  4. Habitat destruction
  5. Entanglement in fishing nets
  6. Mining activities
  7. Over exploitation of guano (poop), disturbance of nesting sites
  8. Marine pollution
You can have the chance to meet our Humholbt penguins during a Penguin Encounter!

Meet a Penguin!

  • Opus

    Opus is one of our mature female birds. She was hatched right here at the Aquarium of Niagara on March 16, 1988. Opus has a natural love for everyone and this makes her our "go to" bird for penguin experiences. Chances are, when you sign up for a penguin encounter you'll be meeting Opus. You can distinguish Opus from the others because she is our smallest penguin.
  • Tux

    Tux II is our oldest male penguin and hatched at the Aquarium on March 31, 1993. He shares a deep bond with Burgess, a female penguin.
  • Lou

    Lou hatched November 19, 1999 and has formed a bond with Araya. Lou has many spots on his chest, with three vivid spots that form a triangle on his right side. Lou is very protective of his mate, Araya, and has multiple nests.
  • Burgess

    Burgess hatched on December 20, 2000. Burgess doesn't have many spots on her chest but she does have four dots on the center of her chest with two spots by her left wing. Burgess has a strong bond with Tux II.
  • Chile

    Chile is our youngest male, hatched on April 24, 2006. His parents are Lou and Araya. Chile is large with spots on his chest forming an upside down "U". Right now Chile is bonding with our second-oldest female, DJ. Chile has an inquisitive personality and is always curious about his surroundings.
  • DJ

    DJ hatched at the Aquarium on May 14, 1990 and has bonded with Chile. Their bond is so strong they are uncomfortable when not in each other's sight. DJ has a series of spots on her chest that form the letter "Y".
  • Araya

    In 2002, Araya came to the Aquarium of Niagara from the Roger Williams Park Zoo in Rhode Island where she hatched on February 18, 1992. Araya and Lou are a pair and you can tell Araya apart from the other penguins in the colony because she has two spots by her left foot.

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