Also known as the black-footed penguin, the South African penguin is a species of flightless bird endemic the waters of Africa. They are a specialized aquatic predator and have specially developed flippers that allow them to speed through the water in search of prey. Unfortunately, due to its niche habitat and the constant expansion of human populations, the African penguin is considered endangered and is suffering from a large loss of its living area as well as a drop off its in primary source of prey. Like all Safari Ltd products, this figurine has been individually hand painted, features quality construction from phthalate and lead-free materials, and includes an educational hangtag in 5 languages. Realistic, educational, and fun, this figurine is suitable for a range of interests, including collectors, enthusiasts, teachers, and kids. Admire it on a shelf, use it in the classroom, or simply enjoy playing with it. Although African penguins share the predominantly black and white body coloration common to most penguins, they have a unique and distinguishing bright pink gland above their eyes. 3.16 inches long and 2.34 inches wide, this figurine is about the size of a deck of cards.