March’s Animal Attraction | Rockhopper Penguin
At 43, Kat is the oldest living rockhopper penguin. She hatched at the Detroit Zoo in 1972, the first to successfully hatch in a North American zoo. She is also the only individual of the subspecies Eudyptes chrysocome filholi that can be found in a zoo on this continent. Despite her advanced age, Kat is still very active and enjoys her daily swim. She lives in the Penguinarium with 20 other rockhoppers, 26 macaronis, 14 kings and three gentoos – all younger than she. The penguins will move to their new home – the $29 million, 33,000-square-foot Polk Penguin Conservation Center – in early 2016.
Learn more about the rockhopper penguin.