Happy World Penguin Day from MST!
World Penguin Day is held annually on April 25 to celebrate penguins, draw attention to their current situation and to encourage everyone to protect them. It is celebrated on April 25 because that is when Adélie penguins begin their annual northward migration.
This year’s Penguin Day is particularly important because in less than three months, the European Union and 12 other countries will make a decision that will directly impact Antarctic penguins. On July 15 at a special CCAMLR meeting in Germany, these nations will vote on whether or not to establish large marine reserves in Antarctica’s Southern Ocean — something that has been debated for a long time. Learn more about protection efforts here: Antarctic Ocean Alliance.
Antarctica is home to six different penguins: Adélies, Chinstraps, Emperors, Gentoos, Kings and Macaronis. But not all penguins live in such hostile conditions — other species can be found in Argentina, Australia, Chile, New Zealand and South Africa.
To celebrate World Penguin Day, check out this amazing video of Emperor Penguins from photographer Paul Nicklen:
To learn more:
- Check out this cool interactive map of Antarctic penguin habitats
- Celebrate World Penguin Day with Pew
- Check out this article about marine reserves in the Southern Ocean
- And this one: ‘Grave indicator’: Penguins’ survival at stake as Antarctic ice disappears
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