Boulders Beach Penguin Colony

Posted by on Aug 27, 2012

Boulders Beach Penguin Colony

The African Penguin Colony in Simonstown on the False Bay Coast called Boulders Beach Penguin Colony. The penguins were called Jackass Penguins as they sound like a Jackass then they were renamed African Penguins but nobody told the penguins and they still sound like a Jackass.  Boulders Beach is a sheltered beach made up of inlets between granite boulders, from which the name originated. There is also a popular swimming beach, where if one is lucky you may find yourself swimming with the penguins.

From just two breeding pairs in 1982, the penguin colony has grown to about 3,000 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, which form part of the penguins diet.