For the pet counterpart to this animal, see Pet Penguin.
The Penguin is a non-member land and ocean animal that was released on February 17, 2012. It was a members-only animal until it became available for all Jammers on June 21, 2012. It returned to the "Choose an Animal" screen for all Jammers on October 12, 2018.
Adorable and quick, penguins are perfect animals for Jammers who are speedy and wouldn't mind living with all their friends!
~ Animal Jam Insider's Guide summary on the Penguin
Penguins are in default light navy-blue, with a white underbelly and emerald green eyes in official Animal Jam artwork, and are depicted similarly, except possessing charcoal-gray eyes.
Sits with their wings propping them up behind them, with flippers resting on the ground with feet directly in front of it.
Stands on one foot, wobbles, and then switches to the other and spins.
Lays on its back, breathing quickly.
Hops quickly, appearing to fatten intensely as touching the ground.
Flips forward, wheels to the side, flips backward, and bows left and right.
Swims in an Egg Beater Paddle.
Reeling fins, places a fin on beak and sinks downward.
Swims downwards and upwards.
Swims in circles.
Inflates, and exhales bubbles; spinning in a circle.
In a previous release, it was put on clearance on December 14, 2017, and left on December 24, 2017.
The penguin was removed from the animal selection screen for almost a year during 2018, although they could still be created by New Jammers when creating a new account.
Starting around October 5, 2018, a single Penguin could be obtained by all Jammers by entering "penguins" as a code, along with a pet penguin. This code has since expired.
A Penguin redeemed from the "penguins" code would have the default name: "Mister Wonkybuddy."
Marco, who is believed to be the Penguin Alpha, would be larger than the average Animal Jam Classic Penguin due to his species being different. Based on his appearance, Marco could possibly be a Rockhopper Penguin.
The Penguin's belly color is a secret white that the player cannot obtain. Once they change their color, they will not be able to get it back unless a new penguin is purchased.
Penguins were the second non-member underwater animal available.
When the player goes to the Pet Stop with a Pet Polar Bear, they can buy a mini penguin accessory, which follows them around.
The Penguin is the first of many birds in Animal Jam Classic, but it is currently the only flightless bird in the game (until the currently unreleased Ostrich is available) and the only one that can access the underwater areas.
When wearing certain items meant for their feet, they also appear on the forearm of their flippers.
There is a glitch that was discovered on December 20, 2018, where, if a Penguin does the Play action, they will freeze mid-bow. Jammers call this the "T" pose. Then it was corrected.
When a Penguin wears Candy Cane Tie and sits down, part of the tie disappears. This also happens when the penguin sleeps with this tie.
When a Penguin is wearing a scarf in the photo booth, it is not seen.
If a non-member entered the "penguins" code while they already had two active animals, the Penguin would be locked even if the player recycled one of their active animals after the fact. However, the player could still use it if their active animals are both land-only by simply traveling to an underwater area, which would automatically switch to the locked Penguin.
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The hint for the Penguin before it was announced
The announcement just before Penguins were introduced