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World Penguin Day!
Animals
World Penguin Day!

When: April 25th

Where: United States

Traditional Celebration Ideas

Read the book "Penguins of the World" by Wayne Lynch. Watch again one of the Pittsburgh Penguins Stanley cup games.  Wear your favorite penguin shirt.  Take viisit to the local zoo to visit the penguin exhibit. Donate money to an organization such as the World Wildlife Fund to help preserve and protect the penguins habitat.

Numbers

According to the yellow-eyed penguin trust, the yellow-eyed penguin is a very tenacious animal when looking for food. It will dive as deep as 394 feet up to 200 times a day looking for fish.

Description

Today we celebrate the odd yet adorable flightless aquatic bird called a Penguin.  There are 17 species of penguins living in the southern hemisphere with one species, the Galapagos Penguin living north of the equator. Penguins are one of the most unique animals living among us on earth.  They live half of their lives in the water and the other half on land.  Although they are are bird, they are unable to fly and this has put them at a major disadvantage among many predators.  In order to maintain warmth especially while diving in the freezing Antarctic water searching for food, the birds have very thick layers of feathers.  The birds have fins that allow for effective swimming and they have a special internal gland that allows them to drink saltwater.  There is also a famous and successful hockey team named the Pittsburgh Penguins.

Interesting Facts

  1. When a group of penguins come together they form a colony, however when a large group of penguins come together ashore they are called rookeries.
  2.  Recently in January 2020 the oldest of the rarest Galapagos Penguins was discovered on Isabella Island in the Galapagos, the females age has been determined to be 17 years old by The Charles Darwin foundation.
  3. The Antarctic Treaty was created to protect Antarctica and makes it illegal to harm, or interfere with, a penguin or its eggs.
  4. Penguins have backward-facing fleshy spines inside of their mouths that help them manage and digest their food.
  5. Original Penguin is a popular American clothing line. It was started in the 1950s.

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  • April 25th
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