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South African Penguin

SKU 220529

  • Also known as the black-footed penguin, the South African penguin is a species of flightless bird endemic the waters of Africa. They are a specialized aquatic predator and have specially developed flippers that allow them to speed through the water in search of prey.
  • Scientific Name: Spheniscus demersus
  • Characteristics: Crafted and hand painted by experts, all of our wildlife figurines provide wonderful insight into a world of beautiful and unique creatures with scientifically accurate and life-like realism! Sliding along on its stomach, this penguin is ready to slip into the water in search for some tasty fish.
  • Size and Color: Although African penguins share the predominantly black and white body coloration common to most penguins, they have a unique and distinguishing bright pink gland above their eyes. 3.16 inches long and 2.34 inches wide, this figurine is about the size of a deck of cards.
  • The South African Penguin is part of the Wild Safari® Sea Life collection.
  • All of our products are Non-toxic and BPA free.
  • History:

    Sadly, due to its specific and singular habitat combined with detrimental human activities, the African penguin is considered endangered. It is primarily suffering from a loss of livable habitat as well as a decline in its main source of food. Commercial fisheries that collect sardines and anchovies have forced African penguins to consume less healthy fish. Thankfully, in 2010 the African penguin was included in the U.S. Endangered Species Act, and in 2015 the African Penguin and Seabird Sanctuary was opened in South Africa, providing much needed aid for these amazing animals.

    • Recommended Age: 3
    • Size in cm: 8.1 L x 6 W x 3 H
    • Size in inches: 3.19 L x 2.36 W x 1.18 H
    • UPC: 095866220501
    Also called the Blackfoot Penguin, this bird is 27 inches tall and weighs up to 11 pounds. It eats fish and crustaceans, and is the only penguin species to breed in Africa.