King Penguins at Edinburgh Zoo, Scotland
King penguins (Aptenodytes patagonicus) are found on sub-Antarctic
islands. They are closely related to the larger Emperor penguins.
Both species lay one egg and incubate it on top of their feet, but
unlike the Emperor penguin, both the male and female King penguin will
share incubation duties and take care of the chick when it hatches.
They eat small fish and squid diving up to 100 metres (350 feet) to hunt their prey.
King penguins were one of the very first species to be kept at Edinburgh Zoo. They were first bred at the Zoo in 1919, which was the first captive breeding of this species anywhere in the world. For these reasons, a king penguin can be seen on the Zoo’s logo and on the Royal Zoological Society of Scotland’s crest.