Everybody loves penguins!
Near the BEST WESTERN PLUS Chateau Granville hotel in downtown Vancouver, a new exhibit at the Vancouver Aquarium in Stanley Park features African penguins! Prominently displayed between the popular Wild Coast and Canada’s Arctic exhibits, Penguin Point is the name of this new exhibit.
Tuxedo clad, and with waddling stride, penguins are cute and loveable. As with all penguins, the African penguin has lost the ability to fly. At the new Penguin Point exhibit, you can discover how these birds have adapted to life at sea, and notice how penguins use their wings as flippers, and seem to fly through the water. Look for the distinctive stare penguins are known for, and other African penguin behaviours such as preening or catching a breeze.
What may come as a surprise, and is contrary to popular belief, is the fact that not all penguins live in the snow and ice of the Antarctic. The African penguin’s natural environment at Boulders Beach in Cape Town, South Africa, is the inspiration for the Vancouver Aquarium’s new home for these birds. Explore this new exhibit to learn more about African penguins, and the 17 other species of penguins. Find out where else in the world penguins live, and what makes a penguin such a unique bird.
The acquiring and rearing of the Vancouver Aquarium’s newest arrivals is not just for show. African penguins (Spheniscus demersus) are an endangered species. North American zoos and aquariums, including the Vancouver Aquarium, are helping to save them. For example, the new penguins at the Vancouver Aquarium are not from South Africa, but have instead been bred at another aquarium through the Species Survival Plan program of the Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA).
Penguins at the new Penguin Point exhibit at the Vancouver Aquarium in Stanley Park. Waddle on over and see them for yourself!