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Meet our MaNut Mascot: Penelope and Peanut the penguins.

Chillin' with Penelope and Peanut the Penguins

Penelope and Peanut are mom and chick emperor penguins, and they are ready to have fun! You can learn more about their species below, and create your very own penguins to waddle along on your adventures.

Peanut the Penguin Coloring Pages

Color and cut out your penguin and take her with you on your summer adventures!

  • Peanut the Penguin Coloring Page 1
  • Peanut the Penguin Coloring Page 2

Species Information

Fun Facts

Here are some interesting fun facts about adult and chick emperor penguins:

  • There are approximately 595,000 adult emperor penguins in Antarctica.

  • It’s the only animal to inhabit the open ice of Antarctica during the winter.

  • They face wind chills as cold as -76oF and blizzards of 124 mph.

  • Four layers of scale-like feather protect them from icy winds and provide a waterproof coat.

  • A group of of adults and chicks which is called a “huddle” work together to huddle for warmth. 5,000 or more tightly packed adults and chicks shuffle around, so each takes a turn—but not too long—on the outside of the huddle where it’s cold.

  • The tallest and heaviest of all living penguin species, a grown adult emperor penguin reaches an average 39 inches in length and can weigh up to 88 pounds

  • Their diet consists primarily of fish, krill, and squid.

  • Their aerodynamic bodies and strong flippers make them excellent swimmers, reaching speeds of 7.6 mph.

  • They can dive deeper than any other bird—as deep as 1,850 feet—and they can stay under for more than 20 minutes.

  • As a social animal, they will walk up to 75 miles each year to reach their colonial nesting areas.

  • Once an egg is laid, the male will care for the egg until hatched while the mother travels to the sea to hunt for food, which can take up to two months!

  • As the young penguins grow, adults leave them in groups of chicks called crèches while they leave to fish.

  • Emperor penguins are considered a “near threatened” species due to disease, habitat destruction, and disturbance of breeding colonies by humans.

  • They can live 15-20 years in the wild.
Penguin Cam

Check out the Penguin Cam at the Pittsburgh Zoo & PPG Aquarium. You can watch penguins live!