Humboldt Penguin

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Humboldt Penguin

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Character Data
Also known as: Hululu
Japanese Name: フンボルトペンギン
Romanised Name: Funboruto Pengin
First Featured in: Kemono Friends (Anime)
Humboldt Penguin's Merchandise
Animal Data
Scientific Name: Spheniscus humboldti
Distribution: Chile, Peru
Diet: Piscivore
Average Lifespan in the Wild: 12-20 Years
Read More: Humboldt penguin
Conservation Status: Status iucn3.1 VU.svg.png
Humboldt Penguin Anime Season 2 Festival​ (Costume)​ Pavilion KF3 Nexon Game Stage Play

The Humboldt Penguin is a penguin Friend that has appeared in all Kemono Friends media to date.


Humboldt Penguin (Hululu) has short black hair with two pink bangs and two white spots on a bang that hangs between her eyes. She has white headphones with a pink and black design and wears a white and black hoodie that is speckled and striped above the chest. The back half of her jacket is completely black with a hood, and the sleeves are complemented with in mittens with white undersides. She wears black boots with white socks that have a gray band.

In Real Life

A Humboldt Penguin, The late Grape-kun, next to Hululu at Tobu Zoo

A South American penguin that typically lives in coastal Chile and Peru, the Humboldt Penguin is named after the cold water current that it swims in. They are medium-sized penguins that grow to about 22-28 inches. Females are slightly smaller than the males, but generally are similar in all other aspects.

Humboldt penguins nest on islands and rocky coasts, burrowing holes and sometimes nest in caves. Their diet typically consists of small-fish caught using their pristine diving skills.

Due to a declining population caused by over-fishing, climate change and ocean acidification, the Humboldt Penguin is currently threatened. The current global population is estimated to be between 3300 and 12000.


  • During the Tobu Zoo collaboration with Kemono Friends, a paper cutout of Humboldt Penguin was made and put on display. One penguin, Grape, was so attracted to the cutout that people assumed he was in love. Due to the popularity of the screenshots, fanart and merchandise pairing the two together became prominent, and Humboldt Penguin's VA met Grape. Grape passed away on October 11, 2017, 21 years old.


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