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WORLD PENGUIN DAY

When is World Penguin Day in 2020?

World Penguin Day in 2020 is on the Saturday, 25th of Apr (4/25/2020).

World Penguin Day is on the 116th day of 2020. There are 250 days left in the year.

World Penguin Day Facts

  • Date: Apr 25, 2020
  • 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

List of National and Regional Public Holidays of International in 2019

DAYDATEHOLIDAY
TuesdayTueJan 01, 2019Jan 01Global Family Day
FridayFriJan 04, 2019Jan 04World Braille Day
FridayFriJan 11, 2019Jan 11International Thank-You Day
WednesdayWedJan 30, 2019Jan 30World Leprosy Day
TuesdayTueFeb 12, 2019Feb 12Darwin Day
ThursdayThuFeb 21, 2019Feb 21International Mother Language Day
FridayFriFeb 22, 2019Feb 22World Thinking Day
FridayFriMar 01, 2019Mar 01International Day of the Seal
FridayFriMar 08, 2019Mar 08International Women's Day
FridayFriMar 15, 2019Mar 15Red Nose Day
WednesdayWedMar 20, 2019Mar 20World Frog Day
ThursdayThuMar 21, 2019Mar 21World Down Syndrome Day
FridayFriMar 22, 2019Mar 22World Water Day
SaturdaySatMar 23, 2019Mar 23World Meteorological Day
SundaySunMar 24, 2019Mar 24World TB Day
SaturdaySatMar 30, 2019Mar 30Earth Hour
TuesdayTueApr 02, 2019Apr 02International Children's Book Day
SundaySunApr 07, 2019Apr 07World Health Day
FridayFriApr 12, 2019Apr 12Yuri's Night
WednesdayWedApr 17, 2019Apr 17International Special Librarian's Day
SundaySunApr 21, 2019Apr 21International Creativity and Innovation Day
MondayMonApr 22, 2019Apr 22Earth Day
TuesdayTueApr 23, 2019Apr 23World Book Day
ThursdayThuApr 25, 2019Apr 25World Malaria Day
ThursdayThuApr 25, 2019Apr 25World Penguin Day
FridayFriMay 03, 2019May 03World Press Freedom Day
SundaySunMay 05, 2019May 05International Midwives Day
WednesdayWedMay 08, 2019May 08World Red Cross Day
FridayFriMay 10, 2019May 10World Lupus Day
SundaySunMay 12, 2019May 12International Nurses Day
MondayMonMay 13, 2019May 13IEEE Global Engineering Day
WednesdayWedMay 15, 2019May 15International Day of Families
SaturdaySatMay 18, 2019May 18International Museum Day
TuesdayTueMay 21, 2019May 21World Day for Cultural Diversity
WednesdayWedMay 22, 2019May 22International Day for Biological Diversity
ThursdayThuMay 23, 2019May 23World Turtle Day
FridayFriMay 24, 2019May 24World Schizophrenia Day
SaturdaySatMay 25, 2019May 25Towel Day
FridayFriMay 31, 2019May 31World No-Tobacco Day
MondayMonJun 03, 2019Jun 03World Bicycle Day
WednesdayWedJun 05, 2019Jun 05World Environment Day
SaturdaySatJun 08, 2019Jun 08World Ocean Day
FridayFriJun 14, 2019Jun 14World Blood Donor Day
SundaySunJun 16, 2019Jun 16International Day of the African Child
MondayMonJun 17, 2019Jun 17World Day to Combat Desertification & Drought
ThursdayThuJun 20, 2019Jun 20World Refugee Day
FridayFriJun 21, 2019Jun 21International Yoga Day
WednesdayWedJun 26, 2019Jun 26International Day Against Drug Abuse and Trafficking
ThursdayThuJul 11, 2019Jul 11World Population Day
TuesdayTueJul 16, 2019Jul 16World Snake Day
SundaySunJul 28, 2019Jul 28World Hepatitis Day
SundaySunAug 04, 2019Aug 04International Friendship Day
ThursdayThuAug 08, 2019Aug 08Universal & International Infinity Day
FridayFriAug 09, 2019Aug 09International Day of the World's Indigenous People
SaturdaySatAug 10, 2019Aug 10International Biodiesel Day
MondayMonAug 12, 2019Aug 12International Youth Day
TuesdayTueAug 13, 2019Aug 13International Lefthanders Day
WednesdayWedAug 14, 2019Aug 14World Lizard Day
FridayFriAug 23, 2019Aug 23International Day for the Remembrance of the Slave Trade & its Abolition
SundaySunSep 08, 2019Sep 08International Literacy Day
FridayFriSep 13, 2019Sep 13International Chocolate Day
SundaySunSep 15, 2019Sep 15International Day of Democracy
SundaySunSep 15, 2019Sep 15Software Freedom Day
MondayMonSep 16, 2019Sep 16International Day for the Preservation of the Ozone Layer
ThursdayThuSep 19, 2019Sep 19Talk Like a Pirate Day
SaturdaySatSep 21, 2019Sep 21World Gratitude Day
SundaySunSep 22, 2019Sep 22World Car-Free Day
SundaySunSep 29, 2019Sep 29Inventors Day
TuesdayTueOct 01, 2019Oct 01International Music Day
WednesdayWedOct 02, 2019Oct 02World Farm Animals Day
ThursdayThuOct 03, 2019Oct 03World Temperance Day
FridayFriOct 04, 2019Oct 04World Animal Day
SaturdaySatOct 05, 2019Oct 05World Teacher's Day
ThursdayThuOct 10, 2019Oct 10World Mental Health Day
WednesdayWedOct 16, 2019Oct 16World Food Day
ThursdayThuOct 17, 2019Oct 17International Day for the Eradication of Poverty
ThursdayThuOct 24, 2019Oct 24United Nations Day
TuesdayTueOct 29, 2019Oct 29International Internet Day
FridayFriNov 08, 2019Nov 08World Town Planning Day
ThursdayThuNov 14, 2019Nov 14World Diabetes Day
ThursdayThuNov 14, 2019Nov 14World Philosophy Day
SaturdaySatNov 16, 2019Nov 16International Day for Tolerance
TuesdayTueNov 19, 2019Nov 19World Toilet Day
ThursdayThuNov 21, 2019Nov 21World Television Day
MondayMonNov 25, 2019Nov 25International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women
SaturdaySatNov 30, 2019Nov 30International Computer Security Day
SundaySunDec 01, 2019Dec 01World Aids Day
MondayMonDec 02, 2019Dec 02International Day for the Abolition of Slavery
ThursdayThuDec 05, 2019Dec 05International Volunteers Day
SaturdaySatDec 07, 2019Dec 07International Civil Aviation Day
TuesdayTueDec 10, 2019Dec 10Human Rights Day