Why are we talking about these highly social, tuxedo clad birds? I mention them because you can visit them on every continent in the Southern Hemisphere! Planning a visit to the Galapagos Islands? Say hello to the Galapagos penguin when you arrive. Sailing to Antarctic? There is where the Emperor penguin awaits.
Larger penguins are found in colder climates where their larger body mass enables them to cope with frigid weather. The smaller penguins prefer warmer climates. You may run across them when you visit South America.
These aquatic, flightless birds are highly adapted to life in the water where they spend up to 75% of their lives. Some species only leave the water to molt or breed.
While the largest population of penguins is the Macaroni penguin with 11,654,000 pairs, the Galapagos penguin with between 6,000-15,000 individuals is endangered. See them, appreciate your time with them and remember our wildlife was here first.
Did you know that King and Emperor penguins lay one egg ? All other penguin species lay two.