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WORLD PENGUIN DAY

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
World Penguin Day iImage Credit: Pixabay.com

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

DAY
DATE
HOLIDAY NAME
  • Sat
  • Apr 25, 2015
  • Mon
  • Apr 25, 2016
  • Tue
  • Apr 25, 2017
  • Wed
  • Apr 25, 2018
  • Thu
  • Apr 25, 2019
  • Sat
  • Apr 25, 2020

List of National and Regional Public Holidays of International in 2020

DAYDATEHOLIDAY
WednesdayWedJan 01, 2020Jan 01Global Family Day
SaturdaySatJan 04, 2020Jan 04World Braille Day
SaturdaySatJan 11, 2020Jan 11International Thank-You Day
ThursdayThuJan 30, 2020Jan 30World Leprosy Day
WednesdayWedFeb 12, 2020Feb 12Darwin Day
FridayFriFeb 21, 2020Feb 21International Mother Language Day
SaturdaySatFeb 22, 2020Feb 22World Thinking Day
SundaySunMar 01, 2020Mar 01International Day of the Seal
SundaySunMar 08, 2020Mar 08International Women's Day
FridayFriMar 20, 2020Mar 20World Frog Day
SaturdaySatMar 21, 2020Mar 21World Down Syndrome Day
SundaySunMar 22, 2020Mar 22World Water Day
MondayMonMar 23, 2020Mar 23World Meteorological Day
TuesdayTueMar 24, 2020Mar 24World TB Day
SaturdaySatMar 28, 2020Mar 28Earth Hour
ThursdayThuApr 02, 2020Apr 02International Children's Book Day
TuesdayTueApr 07, 2020Apr 07World Health Day
SundaySunApr 12, 2020Apr 12Yuri's Night
ThursdayThuApr 16, 2020Apr 16International Special Librarians Day
TuesdayTueApr 21, 2020Apr 21International Creativity and Innovation Day
WednesdayWedApr 22, 2020Apr 22Earth Day
ThursdayThuApr 23, 2020Apr 23World Book Day
SaturdaySatApr 25, 2020Apr 25World Penguin Day
SaturdaySatApr 25, 2020Apr 25World Malaria Day
SundaySunMay 03, 2020May 03World Press Freedom Day
TuesdayTueMay 05, 2020May 05International Midwives Day
FridayFriMay 08, 2020May 08World Red Cross Day
SundaySunMay 10, 2020May 10World Lupus Day
TuesdayTueMay 12, 2020May 12International Nurses Day
WednesdayWedMay 13, 2020May 13IEEE Global Engineering Day
FridayFriMay 15, 2020May 15International Day of Families
MondayMonMay 18, 2020May 18International Museum Day
ThursdayThuMay 21, 2020May 21World Day for Cultural Diversity
FridayFriMay 22, 2020May 22International Day for Biological Diversity
SaturdaySatMay 23, 2020May 23World Turtle Day
SundaySunMay 24, 2020May 24World Schizophrenia Day
MondayMonMay 25, 2020May 25Towel Day
SundaySunMay 31, 2020May 31World No-Tobacco Day
WednesdayWedJun 03, 2020Jun 03World Bicycle Day
FridayFriJun 05, 2020Jun 05World Environment Day
MondayMonJun 08, 2020Jun 08World Ocean Day
SundaySunJun 14, 2020Jun 14World Blood Donor Day
TuesdayTueJun 16, 2020Jun 16International Day of the African Child
WednesdayWedJun 17, 2020Jun 17World Day to Combat Desertification & Drought
SaturdaySatJun 20, 2020Jun 20World Refugee Day
SundaySunJun 21, 2020Jun 21International Yoga Day
FridayFriJun 26, 2020Jun 26International Day Against Drug Abuse and Trafficking
SaturdaySatJul 11, 2020Jul 11World Population Day
ThursdayThuJul 16, 2020Jul 16World Snake Day
TuesdayTueJul 28, 2020Jul 28World Hepatitis Day
ThursdayThuJul 30, 2020Jul 30International Friendship Day
SaturdaySatAug 08, 2020Aug 08Universal & International Infinity Day
SundaySunAug 09, 2020Aug 09International Day of the World's Indigenous People
MondayMonAug 10, 2020Aug 10International Biodiesel Day
WednesdayWedAug 12, 2020Aug 12International Youth Day
ThursdayThuAug 13, 2020Aug 13International Lefthanders Day
FridayFriAug 14, 2020Aug 14World Lizard Day
SundaySunAug 23, 2020Aug 23International Day for the Remembrance of the Slave Trade & its Abolition
TuesdayTueSep 08, 2020Sep 08International Literacy Day
SundaySunSep 13, 2020Sep 13International Chocolate Day
TuesdayTueSep 15, 2020Sep 15Software Freedom Day
TuesdayTueSep 15, 2020Sep 15International Day of Democracy
WednesdayWedSep 16, 2020Sep 16International Day for the Preservation of the Ozone Layer
SaturdaySatSep 19, 2020Sep 19Talk Like a Pirate Day
MondayMonSep 21, 2020Sep 21World Gratitude Day
TuesdayTueSep 22, 2020Sep 22World Car-Free Day
TuesdayTueSep 29, 2020Sep 29Inventors Day
ThursdayThuOct 01, 2020Oct 01International Music Day
FridayFriOct 02, 2020Oct 02World Farm Animals Day
SaturdaySatOct 03, 2020Oct 03World Temperance Day
SundaySunOct 04, 2020Oct 04World Animal Day
MondayMonOct 05, 2020Oct 05World Teacher's Day
SaturdaySatOct 10, 2020Oct 10World Mental Health Day
FridayFriOct 16, 2020Oct 16World Food Day
SaturdaySatOct 17, 2020Oct 17International Day for the Eradication of Poverty
SaturdaySatOct 24, 2020Oct 24United Nations Day
ThursdayThuOct 29, 2020Oct 29International Internet Day
SundaySunNov 08, 2020Nov 08World Town Planning Day
SaturdaySatNov 14, 2020Nov 14World Diabetes Day
MondayMonNov 16, 2020Nov 16International Day for Tolerance
ThursdayThuNov 19, 2020Nov 19World Toilet Day
SaturdaySatNov 21, 2020Nov 21World Television Day
WednesdayWedNov 25, 2020Nov 25International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women
MondayMonNov 30, 2020Nov 30International Computer Security Day
TuesdayTueDec 01, 2020Dec 01World Aids Day
WednesdayWedDec 02, 2020Dec 02International Day for the Abolition of Slavery
SaturdaySatDec 05, 2020Dec 05International Volunteers Day
MondayMonDec 07, 2020Dec 07International Civil Aviation Day
ThursdayThuDec 10, 2020Dec 10Human Rights Day