Today we celebrate Penguin Awareness Day, which aims to, well, raise awareness about penguins basically. Penguins are incredible – there are 16 species, they’re incredibly sociable, and they spend 75% of their lives in the water. The penguin species with the highest population is the Macaroni penguin with 11,654,000 pairs. The species with the lowest population is the endangered Galapagos penguin with between 6,000-15,000 individuals.
Did you know that one in 50,000 penguins are born with brown rather than black plumage and are called ‘isabelline’ penguins? They tend to live shorter lives than normal penguins, as they are not well-camouflaged against the deep, and are often passed over as mates.
So there’s a little penguin awareness for you. Now go off and enjoy the rest of your day. Maybe even waddle a little in solidarity.
For more information, see http://worldpenguinday.com/
For a full list of global animal events taking place throughout the year please visit our Calendar.
– – – – – – – – – – – –
Do you have an opinion on this post? Anything you’d like to share?
Just click the heart icon on the left to leave your comments.