Did you know that today is Penguin Awareness Day? Well, it is! So, Happy Penguin Awareness Day to you. If you’re anything like me, you love penguins. Maybe you don’t love them to the extent I do (I mean, I once had a room dubbed “the penguin room” in my house), but you probably like them. You’ve probably seen Happy Feet, Madagascar, or March of the Penguins. You have probably seen penguins at the zoo. And around Christmas time, you have probably seen them on a card standing next to a polar bear.
If you don’t already know, let me be the first to tell you – penguins DO NOT hang out with polar bears. Not because they don’t like polar bears, but because penguins do not live north of the equator (except for in zoos). Penguins are only naturally found in the Southern Hempishere; Antarctica, Australia, South America and yes, even Africa! In fact, most of the penguins you see at the zoo are African penguins.
So, in honor of PAD, here are some fun facts about and even more fun photos of my favorite animal, the penguin.
1. The emperor penguin is the largest of the penguin species and can weigh up to 90 pounds. The fairy penguin is the smallest and weighs only 2 pounds.
2. Penguins are found only in the Southern Hemisphere. While most people associate penguins with Antarctica, they are much more widespread and penguin populations can also be found in South America, South Africa, Australia and New Zealand.
3. Penguins use sign language to communicate with each other.
Adelie Penguin, smallest of the Antarctic penguins.
Emperor Penguin. These guys can grow to 4ft and weigh 90 lbs!
Yellow-eyed penguin, found in New Zealand. This is the most rare penguin, and their numbers are dwindling (only 1,500 breeding pairs), due to deforestation in New Zealand.
So, there are some pictures and facts about my most favorite animal, the adorable penguin.