Index head
Sand and Waves NavConverenceShopBookingsContactPenguinsRestaurantGuest HouseAbout

DigiScan CC

Spheniscus Demersus


Fact File
Scientific Name Spheniscus Demersus
Common Name African Penguin, Jackass, Cape Penguin or Black-footed Penguin
Height about 50cm; body weight 2.1 - 3.7 kg
Boulders Beach Population about 3 000
Breeding Season mostly February to May but all year around
Conservation Status numbers are decreasing by about 2% per year
International & South African Red Data Book Status vulnerable


The African Penguins have found their home at the Boulders Coastal Park forming part of the chain of the Cape Peninsula National Park.

From just two breeding pairs in 1982, the penguin colony has grown to about 3000 in recent years. This is partly due to the reduction in commercial pelagic trawling in False Bay, which has increased the supply of pilchards and anchovy forming part of the penguin’s diet.

Although the African Penguin breeds throughout the year, the main breeding season starts in February. They are a monogamous species and the lifelong partners take turns to incubate their eggs and to feed their young.

The peak moulting time is during December, after which they head out to sea to feed (since they do not feed during moulting season and remain on land).

Surrounded by the beauty of our natural heritage and indigenous flora, the African Penguins coexist with human beings in the most natural of ways. Swimming, bathing and tanning side by side with these interesting birds, has made Boulders Beach world famous.

Boulders Beach Lodge hosts a very successful Penguin Festival annually, to raise funds for SANCCOB.

SANCCOB is the Southern African Foundation for the Conservation of Coastal Birds.

SANCCOB has responded to every oil spill along the South African coastline since 1964. With its history deeply rooted in the conservation of our seabird life, we can only support this incrediblely hard working organisation for its outstanding work.

In line with our conservation policy, Boulders Beach Lodge supports SANCCOB by hosting the annual Penguin Festival where all funds raised from this event gets contributed to them. In 2002, R 16 000-00 was raised ! This is an event which is growing annually and will be in line with the Hermanus Whale Festival and the Knysna Oyster Festival in 2003.

Please click on the SANCCOB Logo to link to their website.