Tuesday, June 24, 2008

Tropical Penguins

Penguins are a recognizable bird and a symbol of cold temperatures and frigid climates. However, penguins aren't restricted to Antarctica, nor even cold climes. The African (or Black-footed) Penguin is classified as 'vulnerable' on the endangered species list and can be found on the south-western African coast (South Africa and Namibia). In this region, the average summer daytime temperatures range from 20-34oC, but in the winter temperatures can drop below freezing at night.

Closely related to the African Penguin is the endangered Galapagos Penguin. This equatorial penguin is native to the Galapagos Islands, and is the only penguin species to cross into the Northern Hemisphere. The temperature on the islands ranges from 15-30oC year-round. Maybe it's time to rethink our 'do not freeze' labels.


4 comments:

Kevin Zelnio said...

I had the fortune of being a volunteer caretaker of 15 black-footed penguins at the Monterey Bay Aquarium. Awesome job, fun birds. There habitat is more akin to the Mediterranean. One of the reasons they are so vulnerable is that historically their eggs were harvested unsustainably by early colonists. Nowadays the eggs are preyed upon by seabirds, but oil spills and overharvesting of anchovy and other fish prey of the penguins.

Anonymous Coward said...

I got to swim with them in the Galapagos. They are so fast in the water, you barely see a blurr.

Anonymous said...

can anyone answer my question of how many types of penguins are tropical? i really want to know so far i know of four types that are tropical... please post asap if u know the answer to my question. thanks

Viagra Online said...

Penguins are beautiful they're exotic animals but sometimes when they're in the beach no one can surfing because there are a lot of them on the sea and the sand.