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WORLD PENGUIN DAY – APRIL 25

United Kingdom, United Kingdom
25 April 19

WORLD PENGUIN DAY – APRIL 25

Date: 25 April 19 — 25 April 19 | Report this event.

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WORLD PENGUIN DAY

Observed the world over on April 25th.  There are 17 species of penguins, and all their natural habitats are in the Southern hemisphere.

Did you know the Emperor Penguin is the biggest of the 18 penguin species Emperor penguins are very sociable creatures and live in colonies of anything from five hundred to twenty thousand pairs of penguins. It is very rare to find an emperor penguin living outside Antarctica.

Habitat: Lives only on pack ice and in the surrounding oceans.

Size: Emperor penguins measure around 112cm. in length and they weigh anything from 20 – 40kg.

Lifespan: Roughly 20 years.

Diet: Fish, crustaceans and squid.

Description: This is the largest species of penguin and it is the size and the colourful plumage of this species which makes it so attractive and popular. Its head, back and upper wing surfaces are black; its belly and underwing surfaces are white. There is an orange patch close to the ear, yellow colouring at the throat and a lilac-coloured line along the edges of its long and slender bill.

Territory: Emperor penguins are very sociable creatures and live in colonies of anything from five hundred to twenty thousand pairs of penguins. It is very rare to find an emperor penguin living outside Antarctica.  Although emperor penguins will only feed at sea they will travel over 100km inland to find suitable breeding sites.

Penguins are excellent swimmers getting up to about 22 mph.

HOW TO OBSERVE

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HISTORY

National Penguin Day began in 1972 when Gerry Wallace wrote the event on his wife’s (Aleta’s) calendar in Alamogordo, California. They later brought the celebration to the Naval Weapons Center in Ridgecrest, California where the Penguin Patrol made the news. April 25th is also the date that the Adelie penguins begin their migration northward toward Antartica.

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Additional Information

  • United Kingdom
  • 25 April 19 — 25 April 19
  • Family Friendly

Event Location: United Kingdom

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