Warm-climate penguin visits ABC15 Mornings

PHOENIX - While it might seem like penguins would be happier in colder climates, we met one fellow who actually prefers to be warm.

"Captain," an African, or black-footed penguin, joined Christopher and Iris on ABC15 Mornings on Saturday.

Dr. Sam Russak with Wildlife World Zoo & Aquarium said Captain is from the southern coast of Africa .

Russak said that half of the world’s penguins actually live in temperate or warmer environments.

She said the water in Captain’s aquarium is kept at about 70 degrees.

The edge of Captain’s beak is serrated, to help him catch the fish he eats, Russak said.

Russak said the African penguin is one of the smaller species, an attribute of penguins from warmer climates.

Besides taking a look at the penguin exhibit, there’s plenty more to do at Wildlife World Zoo & Aquarium. They are open every day from 9 a.m. until 6 p.m.

Go to their website for more information.

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