No, they don’t all look alike! Each penguin has spots on its chest that look a lot like freckles, plus different feather markings, eye colors, and beak shapes.
At the Santa Barbara Zoo, the penguins wear wingtags – females have them on left wings, males on the right.
The birds also have been given names either by donors or by keepers, like Lucky, Bling, and Peegloo.
Some birds are distinctive:
- Bingo is the largest and tips the scales at up to 6 kilos (13 pounds)
- Plum is the dominant female and keeps other penguins in their places
- Jordan is often the first to eat and is always in everyone else’s business