The second largest penguin, the king penguin spends most of its time at sea, coming ashore only during the breeding season. Like other penguins, the king penguin cannot fly in the air. However, its streamlined body and paddle-like wings enable it to swim underwater faster than many birds can fly.
Please note: Beginning December 6, 2017, Wings of the World will close for renovations. When it reopens in spring 2018, guests will enjoy a new and improved experience and an enhanced opportunity to connect to nature through birds. Penguin Parades will resume in 2019.
During renovation, we’ll refinish the walls and floors, upgrade the ventilation systems and install new lighting. While we’ll maintain habitats for a wide variety of birds from around the world, the signage and interactive elements, designed to engage guests of all ages in learning about birds and how to become better bird neighbors, will be all new. Visit us next spring to see all your favorite birds, from parrots to penguins, in a whole new light! This renovation was made possible in part through a grant from the Institute of Museum and Library Services.
Meet a Penguin Zookeeper
Talk to a keeper about penguins in front of the exhibit in the Wings of the World building. Talks resume in the spring.
Our current king lineup: Larry, Bebe, Kong, Martin Luther, Burger, Naveen and Kyoto. Kyoto is the youngest and most unruly in the exhibit group. Kong and Burger are the oldest, so they are a little more mellow. Larry and Bebe are the parents of Naveen, Kyoto and the new chick.