Zoo Animals


Rockhopper penguin

Eudyptes chrysocome

At the Detroit Zoo
The rockhopper penguins can be seen at the Polk Penguin Conservation Center – the largest penguin facility in the world – along with the macaroni, gentoo and king penguins. A unique circular pool lets the birds swim continuously, giving them the ability to swim fast enough to porpoise and “fly” through the water. The Detroit Zoo is one of the few zoos where penguins can display this natural behavior.

The rockhopper penguin has black and white feathers, with yellow feathers extending from its eyebrows backwards. It is the smallest of the six species of crested penguins.

Polk Penguin Conservation Center

Fun Facts

  • The name rockhopper comes from the bird’s ability to jump off cliffs. When on land, it tends to hop. It can jump up to 6 feet.

  • The male can produce “penguin’s milk” for the hatchling if the female does not come back with food.