Status in the Wild:
Humboldt Penguins have a gland which enables them to drink salt water in addition to fresh water; the gland concentrates excess salt which then dribbles down their bill.
These penguins are swimming against several threats, included habitat loss and competition from the fishing industry. They are also vulnerable to the natural weather pattern El Nino. When the water gets too warm, plants in the ocean die which reduces the penguin’s food supply.
You can see Humboldt Penguins in the Zoo’s Penguin exhibit.