5 Great Places to See Penguins

May 28, 2012 by

We find penguins irresistible, and we know we’re not alone. There’s something special in that combination of elegant monochromatic style and goofy waddle. March of the Penguins aside, we secretly picture real penguins singing and dancing just like they do in the animated films.

The trouble with penguins: They tend to hang out in remote places. But that doesn’t mean a trek to Antarctica is your only hope. Here are 5 other great places to meet some new penguin pals:

1.  The Galapagos. The Galapagos Islands are known for their diverse wildlife, which includes penguins. With a habitat near the Equator, Galapagos Penguins have the northernmost home of all penguin species.

2. The Falkland Islands. The Falkland Islands are one of the best places in the world to see penguins. With the world’s largest concentration of Rockhopper Penguins, you’re almost guaranteed to see a penguin in the Falklands.

2.  Chile. Penguins live in several spots in Chile. Isla Magdalena, home to more than 100,000 Magellanic Penguins, boasts regular ferries from Punta Arenas and marked paths for penguin viewing.

3.  South Africa. To the popular imagination, penguins = cold and Africa = hot. But Southern Africa does have penguins. African Penguins are known as Jackass Penguins, after their donkey-like call and not (to our knowledge) their habit of filming tasteless pranks.

4.  Tasmania. Australia and New Zealand have many hotspots for wild penguins, but who can resist a town that’s actually named Penguin? Particularly when the local breed is the Fairy Penguin? The eponymous waterfowl come ashore quite near the town of Penguin, and there are nightly tours from September to March. (Another popular Australian attraction: the “Penguin Parade” at Phillip Island Nature Park near Melbourne.)

5.  The zoo. Hey, not everyone can make it to far-flung lands. The setting may be less majestic and the numbers fewer, but a penguin is a penguin. Thanks to the California Academy of Sciences, you can even view penguins online via webcam.

Photos: Wikimedia Commons (one, twothree)

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  1. Julie C. says:

    Now I want to go to Penguin, Tasmania to see the fairy penguins! They are oddly mesmerizing, aren’t they? Love them.

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