Thursday 20th January-Penguin Awareness Day.

It is time to get to know the penguins. There are 18 species of penguins that live primarily in the southern hemisphere. 72% of penguin species have declining populations and 5 species are considered endangered.

Fun Facts of penguins:

  • The word Penguin may have come from the Welsh pen gwyn, meaning ‘white head’.

  • The Galapagos penguin is the only species that inhabits the equator and parts of the northern hemisphere.

  • Penguins lost the ability to fly millions of years ago.

  • Powerful flippers and streamlined bodies make penguins very good swimmers.

  • Penguins are the fastest swimming and deepest diving species of bird.

  • Penguins can stay underwater up to 20 minutes at a time.

  • The penguins light front and dark back coloration is called countershading and the camouflage from above and below

  • Penguins’ colonies are called rookeries.

  • Penguins spend up to 75 percent of their lives at sea

We celebrate the Penguin’s Awareness Day at 3 Apples by educating children to be responsible environment protectors. To encourage children to critically think of what we can do to slow climate change. Changes in ocean temperature disrupt food chains impacting the diet of penguins.

Of course, we also provide children with a range of recycling materials and encourage children to create their own Penguin art craft through their imagination and creativity.

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