Penguins: The Tuxedo Birds of the World

Happy Penguin Awareness Day!!
Penguin Drawings. © Michelle Lawless.

Penguins are my favorite animal in the world. Like many, I am consistently be made happy; by the fact that they waddle around looking like they’re wearing tuxedos. I even got to meet one in 2016:

Photoshoot with Emperor Penguin. © Michelle Lawless. 2016.

Unfortunately, varied factors such as climate change; affecting and endangering penguins and their habitats. Not just in Antarctica, either; penguins appear in a variety of locations in the southern part of the planet, and different species are under different levels of threat. These followings are species of penguin that are considered endangered:


EN– Endangered

CR– Critically Endangered


Northern Rockhopper Penguin

The Northern Rockhopper Penguin is distinct from its southern cousins and is native to the southern Indian and Atlantic Oceans; the population of this species has decreased dramatically since the 1950s.

Conservation Status: EN


Erect-Crested Penguin

This species is endemic to the New Zealand region and only breeds on the Bounty and Antipodes Islands.

Conservation Status: EN


The Yellow-eyed Penguin

Also known as hoiho or tarakaka; this species of penguin is endemic to New Zealand. It’s usually breeds along the coasts of the Southern Island. in conjunction to it; they also breeds as well on Stewart Island, Auckland Islands, and Campbell Islands. It is mainly piscivorous, meaning it is a carnivorous animal that mainly eats fish.

Conservation Status: EN


African Penguin

This species can be spotted around southern part of African waters. These penguins can be spotted in South Africa; Namibia; Angola; the Democratic Republic of the Congo; Gabon; and Mozambique.

Conservation Status: EN


Galapagos Penguin

This penguin is endemic to the Galapagos Islands of Ecuador; it is the only penguin species that found in northern part of the equator. Most inhabit Fernandina Island and Isabela Island; and able to survive in a tropical latitude. In sum, this happen because of the cool-tempratured waters of the Humboldt and Cromwell Currents.

Conservation Status: EN

Types of Penguin (source: gettyimages)

There are many more species of penguins to discover, all over the south of the planet.

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