Celebrated on October 12th
When African penguins are on land, their black and white coat stands out as a cool fashion statement, but did you know that it also serves a practical camouflage use in water? Known as “countershading” the black coat on the penguin’s back hides the penguin from predators swimming above the penguin, while the white belly ensures that predators swimming below the penguin have a difficult time noticing the penguin when they look up.
African Penguins live up to 20 years. They start breeding when they are around 4 years of age. These penguins are monogamous, the penguin pair stays together usually for many years and often move back to their old nesting sites too.
When they are stressed they make a sideways movement with their heads, Penguins are by nature nervous and do not like being around people, although the Boulders colony is unusually tame