World Penguin Day 2015

They waddle, swim, and hop. Their feathers are perfect for cold temperatures and frigid water, but never for flying. And their black-and-white coloring may look like a tuxedo, but it actually helps them blend in with the sea and sky.

April 25 marks World Penguin Day, a chance to celebrate all 18 species of penguin and the quirky traits that place them among the world’s most charismatic birds.

From the southern icy wilds of Antarctica to the warm seas of the Galápagos Islands, penguins cover a wide geographic range, and each species is adapted to the remote place it calls home.

This year, celebrate with a brand-new quiz to test your penguin smarts, view a photo gallery to see the diversity of penguins living on the Antarctic Peninsula, and take our pledge to protect penguins in the Southern Ocean. The penguins are counting on you.

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Test Your Penguin Smarts

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There are 18 species of penguins, and while all of them can be recognized by their black and white feathers, there are many characteristics that make each unique. See how much you know about the world’s penguins by taking our quiz in honor of World Penguin Day on April 25.

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Photos: Penguins of the Antarctic Peninsula

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In December 2014, Rodolfo Werner, Ph.D., a Pew adviser, visited the Antarctic Peninsula as an educator and scientist aboard an Antarctic cruise. He has traveled to the southernmost continent more than 12 times and returns from each trip with amazing photographs of some of the world’s most beloved birds.

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Take the #PenguinPlunge

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Take the #PenguinPlunge

Help protect penguins and make a difference at this October’s CCAMLR annual meeting by taking the plunge.

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Sentinels Of the Ocean

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This report summarizes current scientific understanding of penguin biology and the place of these important seabirds in the global ecosystem. It also offers some general recommendations for safeguarding penguins, including ocean zoning, ecosystem-based management, and habitat protections.