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International Penguin Awareness Day

Updated on January 9, 2014
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Penguin Awareness Day

The 20th January of every year is Penguin Awareness Day. You may think Penguins are quite lucky in that they have two days in every year dedicated to them. The other day is World Penguin Day which takes place on the 25th April.

We really do need to think about Penguins. They are one of the barometers by which we can judge the state of our planet. Penguins spend most of their time in the sea. The sea is being polluted. When on land they are much of the time on ice. The ice is melting.

How would you feel if the glass of water you were drinking had bits of plastic and garbage floating around it? And all the while your land retreat was breaking off in chunks and disappearing around you?

Huge fishing boats now head south to Antarctica not just for the fish but for the Krill which forms the greater part of the Gentoo Penguin diet. This Krill is used to feed fish in fish farms to but fish on your dinner table. Meanwhile the penguins have to hunt their food further afield.

Penguins are mostly not yet under serious threat. They number in the millions and yet this could change overnight. An oil spill, pollution, melting sea ice. It is not a pretty picture.

What Can You Do?

You can be aware? Think about Penguins (and other animals) and remember that this is their planet too. We have no right to mess things up.

Whilst thinking about Penguins you might like to visit your local zoo. Many zoos have Penguin Marches and some even offer a one to one encounter.

The finest facility in the world in which to meet and learn about Penguins and their plight is at Ski Dubai in Dubai in the United Arab Emirates. Here you can have an experience you will never forget. Many people pass through Dubai en route to other destinations. It is worth a stopover just to meet the Penguins. What is on offer here is unique and quite unlike anywhere else in the world.

Unless we become more aware of Penguins and the mess we are making of our planet it may be that the only place you will be able to see a Penguin is in a zoo.


Penguins in Ski Dubai


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    Mac636 4 years ago

    Another great venue is Edinburgh Zoo, every day there is the Penguin Parade at 2.15pm, where those penguins that wish come out of the enclosure and parade along the walkways, one of the penguins has even received a knighthood by the Swedish Royal Family in 2008.......... Sir Nils Olav he is the official mascot of the Swedish Royal Guard.

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    Peter Dickinson 5 years ago from South East Asia

    Thanks in Dubai right now.

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    Shrouds 5 years ago from Malaysia

    just heard about Penguin day,never knew about it before,the best part is I also never had a chance to close look on Penguins except inside their aquarium.How r u Peter,where r u now,still in Asia?

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    Peter Dickinson 5 years ago from South East Asia

    Thanks monkeymike. You will find me a little bit opinionated but it is different strokes for different folks and that is what makes life so interesting. Take care.

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    monkeymike 5 years ago

    Hi Peter, I'm new to your hub page, so apologies for a late response to this one. I think you have made a great point about Penguins. Yes, they do number in their millions, but as you pointed out, they could so easily be wiped out by a single event. I think this highlights the fragility of life perfectly. As a fellow Zoo Professional well done on getting me hooked on your blogs so easily!

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    Ireno Alcala 5 years ago from Bicol, Philippines

    Thanks for making us informed of the special of penguins. My nephews and nieces are also aware of the importance of 'Happy Feet'. They should be taken care of along with other species.

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    Deb Hirt 5 years ago from Stillwater, OK

    Excellent, Peter! Penguins are very important, too, so thanks for a plug on their lives.

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    Peter Dickinson 5 years ago from South East Asia

    Easily missed....not quite sure who first came up with it. There is third Penguin day but that is not international.

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    Linda Crampton 5 years ago from British Columbia, Canada

    Thanks for the information about International Penguin Awareness Day and the reminder to think about penguins and their problems, Peter. I wasn't aware that this event existed.