Open 9:00AM Daily
Parking is Free Everyday
Last admission at 4:30PM
Building closes at 5:00PM
The Aquarium of Niagara is one of only 20 facilities in the United States and Canada to feature the Humboldt, or Peruvian penguins, that are listed as a threatened species by the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN). Native to coastal South America, you won't find these penguins in the snow. They prefer warmer climates and chilly waters. Visit the Aquarium of Niagara to learn how you can help protect these remarkable, social animals. You may also want to donate to the Punta San Juan Program. Punta San Juan is home to the largest colony of Humboldt penguins in Peru. For more information on this amazing program go to http://us.puntasanjuan.org/html.
Fun Fact: Humboldt penguins are named after the cold Humboldt Current that flows along the coast of South America.
Humboldt penguins are a threatened species. Major threats to their survival include:
- Reduction in food supply because of commercial overfishing
- Global climate change
- Increased frequency of El Nino weather events
- Habitat destruction
- Entanglement in fishing nets
- Mining activities
- Over exploitation of guano (poop), disturbance of nesting sites
- Marine pollution
You can have the chance to meet our Humholbt penguins during a Penguin Encounter!