Penguin at Metro Richmond Zoo is oldest in U.S.

Penguin at Metro Richmond Zoo is oldest in U.S.
ET the African penguin. (Source: Metro Richmond Zoo/Facebook)

CHESTERFIELD, VA (WWBT) - Richmond Metro Zoo is celebrating the birthday of the oldest African penguin living in the U.S.

ET turned 39, which is well beyond the normal lifespan of an African penguin, even in captivity, the zoo said.

Recently, ET, one of our African penguins had her 39th birthday! She is now the oldest living African penguin in...

Posted by Metro Richmond Zoo on Wednesday, February 13, 2019

ET still has a little ways to go to be the oldest African penguin ever recorded.

A penguin housed in Omaha, NE, named Opal lived to be 41 until she died last October.

We’re deeply saddened to announce the passing of Opal the African penguin. At 41 years of age, she was the...

Posted by Omaha's Henry Doorly Zoo and Aquarium on Friday, October 12, 2018

The National Audubon Society reported in 2014 that the oldest African penguin on record lived to be 42.

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