Did you know that January 20th is Penguin Awareness Day? In honor of this holiday, the Nantucket Gate Blog is highlighting a few facts you might not know about these adorable black and white birds. Read on to learn a thing or two.
-There are 17 different species of penguins that can be found in a variety of locations.
-Penguins can be found in South Africa, Peru, Chile, the Galapagos Islands, New Zealand, Australia, and several sub-Antarctic islands.
-The largest species of penguin is the Emperor penguin, standing at 4 feet tall, while the smallest species is the blue penguin, also called the fairy penguin, that stands just over a foot tall.
-Penguins are flightless birds. Most birds have hollow bones to help them fly, but penguins have dense bones to make diving easier.
-The black and white coloring of penguins provides an excellent camouflage to protect them while in the water from predators as well as from their prey.
-Penguins are carnivores and they eat a variety of marine life such as fish, squid, shrimp, krill, crabs, and other crustaceans.
-There are at least 5 species of penguins that are endangered and at a high risk of extinction, as well as several others that are nearly endangered.
How You Can Help
You can donate to one of the many wildlife preservation associations such as the World Wildlife Fund, National Wildlife Federation, or World Animal Foundation. Several of these organizations also offer symbolic penguin adoption options. By symbolically adopting a penguin, your funds go to helping conservation, rescue, and rehabilitation efforts for these creatures. You can also spread awareness about these animals and the important part they play in the ecosystems both on land and in the ocean.
Did you learn anything new from this post? How do you plan on celebrating Penguin Awareness Day this month? Share your thoughts with us in the comments. Thanks for reading our post and have a wonderful month here in Tacoma, WA!