Where in the World are the Penguins?

Where in the world can you actually find penguins?


This is the most widely known and recognised home of the penguins. When we think of these little birds, our mind typically goes to Antartica. Over 70% of the 18 different species can be found here. Some of the species native and found in Antartica include: Magellanic, Rockhopper, Emperor, Chinstrap, Adelie and Gentoo penguins.

If you are a penguin enthusiast, consider planning or booking a trip to Antartica to find and discover different penguins species.

The Galapagos Islands

Of all of the 18 species, the most rare are found here. Named after its natural habitat and residence, the Galapagos penguin is typically only seen/found on two of the islands (Fernandina and Isabela). Snorkeling, boating, and organised trips are all great ways to find and explore these rare beauties.

New Zealand

There are a few species native to New Zealand and the surrounding area. The smallest penguin species in the world is found here, the Blue Penguin. In addition, there are the unique Crested Penguin and yellow eyed penguins as well. The best way to see these guys is to head to the south of the island and be patient around the sea and beaches.

South Africa

Penguins have only resided in South Africa for a short amount of time. For example, African penguins came and settled in Cape Town in 1982 or so. These penguins have now established their colony on the beach here and have a colony of over 3000 penguins. The African penguin is unique as they have spots on their chest that are unique to each penguin, almost like a unique identifier.

Now you know where you can find your favourite species of penguins. Many penguins don’t fear the humans and therefore, are worth visiting or discovering up close and personal.

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