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Tag: King Penguin

  • Friday, April 26th 2019 - 06:16 UTC

    Meet the Falkland Islands penguins

    King Penguins at  Volunteer Point - Falkland Islands (Pic D.Pettersson)

    By Chloe May - On 25 April every year, people around the world celebrate World Penguin Day - a day to raise awareness of the plight these flightless birds are currently facing. This takes place at the same time as the annual northern migration of Antarctica’s Adelie penguins and was created as a way for researchers at an American research centre on Ross Island to pass time and raise awareness.

  • Monday, January 21st 2019 - 15:33 UTC

    Penguin Awareness Day

    Some one million penguins live in the Falklands, basically five different groups, King, Gentoo, Rockhopper, Magellanic and Mararoni  (Pic. by Derek Pettersson)

    Penguin Awareness Day is an unofficial holiday which is celebrated annually on January 20th. This holiday is used to celebrate and commemorate these fascinating flightless birds which are loved by people all over the world. It’s also a day to bring attention to the plight of these birds whose numbers seem to be shrinking faster and faster each and every day.

  • Tuesday, January 15th 2019 - 06:53 UTC

    Falklands in The New York Times list of Places to Visit

    The piece is illustrated with a photo of Southern Rockhopper penguins on the cliffs of Saunders Island in the Falklands

    On 9 January, The New York Times published a multimedia report with a list of 52 Places to visit in the world. In position 23 figures the Falkland Islands with the following description, emphasizing, “five kinds of penguins easier to reach”. The report is credited to Nell McShane Wulfhart.

  • Thursday, October 18th 2018 - 23:45 UTC

    Falklands expecting some 41 ship visits this cruise season, which begins on Saturday with “Ushuaia”

    Expedition ship “Ushuaia” opens the season on Saturday  (Pic J.Pompert)t)

    Some 41 ships are expected to visit the Falkland Islands this coming cruise season which begins on Saturday with expedition vessel “Ushuaia”. Total calls in Stanley are estimated in 108 while some 170 in the Camp, but much will depend on the weather.

  • Monday, September 17th 2018 - 08:37 UTC

    Falkland Islands Seven (and main) Wonders for Visitors: the spectacular wildlife

    King Penguins led the wonder list, having polled some 2.500 visitors from 30 different countries

    Perhaps fittingly the King Penguin was chosen as number one in the Falkland Islands Tourist Board’s (FITB) 7 Wonders of the Falklands survey. Over the last three months FITB has asked past and present visitors to the Islands, as well as residents, what they would consider to be their seven wonders.

  • Tuesday, July 31st 2018 - 07:47 UTC

    King penguins down to 10% of original population in three years in French island

    Satellite images and photos taken from helicopters show penguin population has collapsed, some 200,000 remaining, according to a study in Antarctic Science

    The planet's largest colony of King penguins has declined by nearly 90% in three decades, alarmed researchers said on Monday. The last time scientists set foot on France's remote Ile aux Cochons — roughly half way between the tip of Africa and Antarctica — the island was blanketed by two million of the flightless birds, which stand about a meter tall.

  • Thursday, April 26th 2018 - 08:26 UTC

    “World Penguin Day”: funny on land and graceful and rapid in the sea

    Volunteer Point on the Falkland Islands is the world’s largest accessible king penguin colony with 1000 pairs of breeding penguins.Pic by Derek Pettersson

    April 25th is “World Penguin Day”, undoubtedly the world’s most popular bird – think of Happy Feet, March of the Penguins, Pingu just to name a few uses in popular culture. These charismatic flightless birds are funny to watch on land but are graceful and rapid in water. They occur only in the seas of the Southern hemisphere; there are seventeen species of penguin ranging from the Galapagos to Antarctica.

  • Tuesday, February 27th 2018 - 09:22 UTC

    Climate change will force King Penguins to move after food or face heavy losses

    For most colonies, the length of the summer trips by parents to get food will soon become so long that their offspring could starve while waiting

    Global warming is on track to wipe out 70% of the world's King penguins by century's end, putting the regal birds on a path towards extinction, researchers warned on Monday. As climate change drives away the fish and squid upon which the flightless creatures depend, the penguins must swim further afield to find sustenance for their hungry hatchlings on land.

  • Friday, August 4th 2017 - 08:22 UTC

    Falkland Islands issues four colorful coins featuring King penguins

    The seven-sided coin with a vivid color application features a large, adult male king penguin with his smaller female companion lovingly touching their beaks.

    The government and treasury of the Falkland Islands have issued (24th July) their latest coin in their hugely popular series of four coins highlighting the wonderful world of penguins—a species of bird found in significant numbers in the South Atlantic.

  • Saturday, January 21st 2017 - 08:33 UTC

    Falklands celebrate Penguin Awareness Day, January 20

    As many as a million penguins nest in the Falklands every summer, representing five of the world’s species: King, Gentoo, Rockhopper, Magellanic and Macaroni.

    January 20 is Penguin Awareness Day. The day helps raise awareness about the flightless birds whose numbers are dwindling and also aims to bring international focus on the conservation of penguin habitats.

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