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!)

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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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World Penguin Day

World Penguin Day

I have a particular fondness for penguins, since I had a good friend who collected them. Even though she has been gone for fourteen years, I still find myself looking for penguins that she might like. April 25 is World Penguin Day, so get ready to celebrate these adorable black and white birds.

There are 17 different kinds of penguins. They range in size from the Fairy Penguins (aka Little or Blue Penguins) at only thirteen inches to the Emperor Penguin, which grows to about four feet tall. All of the species live in the Southern hemisphere. Many live at the South Pole or Antarctica. Others are found on the coasts of South America, Africa, Australia, New Zealand and the Galapagos Islands. Alphabetically, the species are: Adelie Penguin, African Penguin, Chinstrap Penguin, Emperor Penguin, Erect-Crested Penguin, Fiordland Penguin, Galapagos Penguin, Gentoo Penguin, Humboldt Penguin, King Penguin, Fairy (or Little or Blue) Penguin, Macaroni Penguin, Magellanic Penguin, Rockhopper Penguin, Royal Penguin, Snares Penguin, Yellow-eyed Penguin.

Penguins are, of course, very popular. Did you know that Amazon lists over 12,000 books about penguins in their children’s section? They range from factual books from places like National Geographic and Smithsonian to classics like Mr. Popper’s Penguins, to a Golden Book called How Do Penguins Play? Many classic books for adults are published by a company called Penguin Random House.

Sandra Boynton wrote a book and a song entitled “Your Personal Penguin,” recorded by Davy Jones of Monkees fame. If you have never heard it, stop reading right now and go to https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=z6DzceERhDU and watch the video. I guarantee you will fall in love with the song.

We have movies about penguins, such as March of the Penguins, and Happy Feet, and other less factual ones such as Penguins of Madagascar. And don’t forget the Muppet penguins.

A hockey team in Pittsburgh is named the Penguins.

There is the famous Linux penguin. I have included a quote below by Linus Torvalds the creator of the computer operating system.

Penguins can also be found in comics, such as Opus in Bloom County, or Sparky as part of the cast of Tom Tomorrow’s political comics. Those who are Doctor Who fans may remember Frobisher who traveled with the Sixth Doctor in the comic strip in Doctor Who Magazine. They can even be scary as the Penguin in Batman.

So why are penguins so popular? Bottom line – they are cute. I also admire them thriving in such harsh conditions to raise their young. Long may they continue to delight us.

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There are surprisingly few quotes about penguins, though. The following are about all I could find. The first is definitely my favorite.

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

Who would have thought that a tap-dancing penguin would outpoint James Bond at the box office? And deserve to? Not that there’s anything wrong with ‘Casino Royale.’ But ‘Happy Feet’ – written and directed by George Miller – is a complete charmer…–Robert Gottlieb

The answer to every problem involved penguins–Rick Riordan (The Throne of Fire)

I’ve never been in love, but if a penguin can find a soul mate, I’m sure I can, too.–Rebekah Crane (Playing Nice)

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

There’s nothing cuter than a baby penguin.–Lynn Duncan

I highly recommend the penguin movie because they dress really nicely.–Paul Provenza

Some people have told me they don’t think a fat penguin really embodies the grace of Linux, which just tells me they have never seen a angry penguin charging at them in excess of 100 mph. They’d be a lot more careful about what they say if they had.–Linus Torvalds

Ford, you’re turning into a penguin. Stop it.–Douglas Adams (The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy)

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