Unknown risk of extinction
occasionally icefish and squid
of sub-Antarctic islands
and South Indian Oceans
Penguins have good underwater vision and hunt by sight. To catch their favourite prey of bioluminescent lanternfish, king penguins in the wild dive by night to depths of up to 240m.
Our king penguins feed on capelin and herring. As the fish are thawed, water-soluble vitamins are lost. To remedy this, our keepers hide multi-vitamin tablets in fish and hand-feed these to our penguins. Each of our kings get three tablets a day, the smaller penguins receive two.