It’s practically impossible to look at a penguin and feel angry.Joe Moore
Penguins are some of the most adorable and lovable creatures and have some of the best durability that’s known among the animal kingdom. So, why not dedicate a day to these flightless birds? World Penguin Day is an educative initiative that encourages people to learn more about penguins, their environment, and how important they are to the ecosystem. If you’re interested in learning more about this holiday, then read more to learn about the history of World Penguin day and see how you can celebrate it.
History of World Penguin Day
World Penguin Day takes place during the annual northern migration of Adelie penguins, a species of penguin that is native to Antarctica. The Adelie penguins individually migrate north to have better access to food during the winter months and then during the summer, return to the coastal beaches on Antarctica to build their nests. The holiday was created at McMurdo Station, an American research center on Ross Island. Researchers noticed that the Adelie penguins began this migration specifically on this day, and they created this holiday as a way to pass the time and give social awareness to these creatures.
While this holiday takes place during this migration, this holiday celebrates all the penguins in the world and raises awareness for the endangerment of these ice-born creatures. Many of these penguins are sensitive to the effects of climate change, and as a result, many are having to migrate further to find their food, decreasing the population of these penguins as a result. Out of the total 17 species that live in the world, 11 of them have been classified as endangered or vulnerable, according to the WWF. They spend most of their lives out at sea, so this holiday encourages people to work towards protecting the waters, as much of the time human activities such as pollution and the burning of fossil fuels.
How to celebrate World Penguin Day
Read up about the different species of penguins in the world. On this day, dress in penguin colors. If you have time, take a trip to the local zoo. Donate to a non-profit organization that you trust such as the WWF or the Antarctic and Southern Ocean Coalition. There are many things that you can do to learn about these fantastic creatures. Share this holiday on your favorite social media websites using the hashtag #WorldPenguinDay and let everyone know what day it is today.