Penguin Awareness Day

January 20 is Penguin Awareness Day. (Not to be confused with World Penguin Day, which is April 25.) I couldn’t pass this up, as a very dear friend of mine used to collect penguins, and I still have a few around my house in memory of her.

Everybody loves watching cute penguins, but life is not easy for these beautiful creatures. There are officially eighteen different species of penguins, and only five of those are considered not threatened in any way. Here is what Penguins World has to say about them:

Least Concern Species (LC)

  • King Penguin
  • Adelie Penguin
  • Chinstrap Penguin
  • Gentoo Penguin
  • Little Blue Penguin

Near Threatened Species (NT)

  • Emperor Penguin
  • Magellanic Penguins
  • Royal Penguin

Vulnerable Species (VU)

  • Humboldt Penguin
  • Macaroni Penguin
  • S. Rockhopper Penguin
  • Fiordland Penguin
  • Snares Penguin

Endangered Species (EN)

  • Galapagos Penguin
  • African Penguin
  • N. Rockhopper Penguin
  • Erect-crested Penguin
  • Yellow-eyed Penguin

Penguins are endangered for many reasons: overfishing destroying their food source, humans and other predators, contamination of ocean water, and global warming which is destroying their habitats.

But I don’t want this post to be all depressing because penguins are so delightful. One of my favorite penguin illustrators is Sandra Boynton who has done a small book called Your Personal Penguin, which is available not only as a book but also as a music video on YouTube. I dare you to listen to it and not find yourself humming it all day. Let us not forget the popular movie, March of the Penguins. And on Bored Panda, you can find some amazing high-quality penguin pictures.

So celebrate Penguin Awareness Day by wearing black and white or a tuxedo if you want to go all out. It is also popular today to tell a penguin joke or two. (I was going to post one to get you started, but they were all so terrible, I decided not to!)


Quotes about penguins

It’s practically impossible to look at a penguin and feel angry. Joe Moore

Graham glared him into silence, his eyes cold enough to make a penguin wish it had stocked up on thermal underwear.–Ian Barker

I am glad The Worst Journey is coming out in Penguins: after all it is largely about penguins.–Apsley Cherry-Garrard

The penguins that spent most of their time fighting were the ones with no chicks…It’s like they’re supposed to be taking care of their chicks. But because they don’t have any, they have nothing to do with all their energy. So they just pick fights.–Maria Semple

If ever the difficulties of your life seem overwhelming, consider the prospect of being eaten alive by savage penguins and rejoice that such horrors are unknown to you.–A. L. Kennedy

Sure, the lions the king of the jungle but airdrop him into Antarctica, & he’s just a penguin.–Dennis Miller

I think penguins are cute.–Zooey Deschanel

Who would have thought that a tap-dancing penguin would outpoint James Bond at the box office? And deserve to?–Robert Gottlieb

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