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When is World Penguin Day in 2021?

World Penguin Day in 2021 is on the Sunday, 25th of Apr (4/25/2021).

World Penguin Day is on the 115th day of 2021. There are 250 days left in the year.

World Penguin Day Facts

  • Date: Apr 25, 2021
  • International
  • Also Called: Penguin Day
  • Celebrations: Creating awareness about penguins
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Penguins are aquatic, flightless birds living in the southern hemisphere. These birds have counter shaded dark and white plumage and flipper-like wings. Every year, the globe celebrates World Penguin Day on 25th April as a way of honoring the unique bird on the planet. The day also raises awareness of this flightless bird whose existent is becoming a threat every day.

How to Celebrate World Penguin Day

World Penguin Day allows us to spend some time thinking about these majestic aquatic and flightless birds. Learn more about these beautiful birds, their habitat and how human activity is affecting them. You can get this information on the internet, local library or by visiting penguins in their natural habitat.

If your local zoo hosts penguins, take a trip there. Nothing surpasses watching the cuteness of these birds.

If you are indoors, go out to the zoo, a good movie about penguins will do. You can watch a documentary about the lives of these fascinating birds or a penguin themed movie of your choice. Some of the popular titles include March of the Penguins, The Madagascar Penguins in a Christmas Caper, The Penguin King, Mr. Popper's Penguins among others.

History of World Penguin Day

The origin of World Penguin Day is unknown. However, the date of celebration coincides with the period the annual northward migration of penguins takes place. This is usually a few days before or after April 25th.

As for the bird's name, it has a fascinating history. It is believed that in the 15th century, some European explorers discovered birds they had never set their eyes on in the southern hemisphere. They noticed the birds' similar characteristics and appearance with a popular seabird bird in the northern hemisphere. The explorers hence decided to name the bird ‘penguin' just like the diving bird they knew about.

Penguin Awareness Day vs. World Penguin Day

These two days appreciate penguins and explore their unique habits and habitat. World Penguin is also observed on April 25th while Penguin Awareness Day is celebrated on January 20th. Effect of Climate Change on Penguins

Global climate change has in the recent past given penguins living in the southern hemisphere a hard fight. Most penguins feed on a type of small crustacean called krill. The retreat of sea ice in most areas of Antarctica has led to the reduction of krill stocks. This disappearance of penguins' primary source of food has significantly contributed to the death of most penguins.

Interesting Facts about Penguins

- Penguins are fast divers. They can dive up to 7.5 miles per hour

- Most penguins are monogamous

- Adelie penguins are named after Jules Dumont d' Urville's wife. Jules was a French Antarctic explorer.

- Penguins have a tremendous vascular system that helps them minimize heat loss

- The rarest penguin species is Galápagos, and it can live in the north of the equator

- Emperor is the biggest penguin and stands at 4 foot tall while Fairy penguin is the smallest at only one foot tall

- Gentoo penguin is the fastest and can swim up to 22 miles per hour

- While most flight birds have hollow bones, penguins have dense bones which make them flightless but good at swimming.

- Penguins eat seafood such as fish, crustaceans, krill, and squid

- To cope up to the high amount of salt consumed by the penguins, the birds have a supraorbital gland which filters the salt content from their bloodstream. The salt is then excreted through sneezing and bill.

Types of Penguins

There are 18 species of living penguins today living in different countries but mainly in the Southern hemisphere.

- Adelie

- African Penguin

- Northern Rockhopper Penguin

- King Penguin

- Yellow-Eyed Penguin

- Chinstrap Penguin

- Magellanic Penguin

- Southern Rockhopper Penguin

- Macaroni Penguin

- Emperor Penguin

- Snares Penguin

- Galapagos Penguin

- Erect-Crested Penguin

- Subantarctic Gentoo Penguin

- Royal Penguin

- Humboldt Penguin

- Fiordland Penguin

- Little Penguin

World Penguin Day Observances

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  • Apr 25, 2021

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MondayMonJan 04, 2021Jan 04World Braille Day
MondayMonJan 11, 2021Jan 11International Thank-You Day
SaturdaySatJan 30, 2021Jan 30World Leprosy Day
FridayFriFeb 12, 2021Feb 12Darwin Day
SundaySunFeb 21, 2021Feb 21International Mother Language Day
MondayMonFeb 22, 2021Feb 22World Thinking Day
MondayMonMar 01, 2021Mar 01International Day of the Seal
MondayMonMar 08, 2021Mar 08International Women's Day
SaturdaySatMar 20, 2021Mar 20World Frog Day
SundaySunMar 21, 2021Mar 21World Down Syndrome Day
MondayMonMar 22, 2021Mar 22World Water Day
TuesdayTueMar 23, 2021Mar 23World Meteorological Day
WednesdayWedMar 24, 2021Mar 24World TB Day
SaturdaySatMar 27, 2021Mar 27Earth Hour
FridayFriApr 02, 2021Apr 02International Children's Book Day
WednesdayWedApr 07, 2021Apr 07World Health Day
MondayMonApr 12, 2021Apr 12Yuri's Night
FridayFriApr 16, 2021Apr 16International Special Librarians Day
WednesdayWedApr 21, 2021Apr 21International Creativity and Innovation Day
ThursdayThuApr 22, 2021Apr 22Earth Day
FridayFriApr 23, 2021Apr 23World Book Day
SundaySunApr 25, 2021Apr 25World Malaria Day
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MondayMonMay 03, 2021May 03World Press Freedom Day
WednesdayWedMay 05, 2021May 05International Midwives Day
SaturdaySatMay 08, 2021May 08World Red Cross Day
MondayMonMay 10, 2021May 10World Lupus Day
WednesdayWedMay 12, 2021May 12International Nurses Day
ThursdayThuMay 13, 2021May 13IEEE Global Engineering Day
SaturdaySatMay 15, 2021May 15International Day of Families
MondayMonMay 17, 2021May 17World Hypertension Day
TuesdayTueMay 18, 2021May 18International Museum Day
FridayFriMay 21, 2021May 21World Day for Cultural Diversity
SaturdaySatMay 22, 2021May 22International Day for Biological Diversity
SundaySunMay 23, 2021May 23World Turtle Day
MondayMonMay 24, 2021May 24World Schizophrenia Day
TuesdayTueMay 25, 2021May 25Towel Day
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TuesdayTueJun 01, 2021Jun 01World Milk Day
ThursdayThuJun 03, 2021Jun 03World Bicycle Day
SaturdaySatJun 05, 2021Jun 05World Environment Day
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MondayMonJun 14, 2021Jun 14World Blood Donor Day
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ThursdayThuJun 17, 2021Jun 17World Day to Combat Desertification & Drought
SundaySunJun 20, 2021Jun 20World Refugee Day
MondayMonJun 21, 2021Jun 21International Yoga Day
SaturdaySatJun 26, 2021Jun 26International Day Against Drug Abuse and Trafficking
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