Oct 132012

Penguin here.

Today will be our last post about penguins.

Emperor penguins are the largest species of penguin and King penguins rank second. You may be wondering what the differences between King and Emperor penguins are. For one, Emperor penguins are larger; they can weigh anywhere between 22 to 45 kg (49 to 99 lbs) whereas the King Penguin ranges between 11 to 16 kg (24 to 35 lbs), according to Wikipedia’s Emperor Penguin and King penguin articles.

Emperor penguins, which live in Antarctica, are the only species of penguin to breed in the Antarctic winter, travelling to breeding colonies and laying a single egg, which the male proceeds to incubate as the female returns to sea to fetch food. Both parents take turns incubating the egg and fetching food.

An interesting tidbit about King penguins is that they are serially monogamous. In other words, they choose a mate for a whole year, and then usually choose a new mate the following year.

You can read about all this interesting stuff and lots more in the Wikipedia articles mentioned above.

Here is a diagram illustrating some differences between them:

Emperor versus King Penguin

Emperor versus King Penguin

Now here’s a goofy picture of a King penguin surrounded by a bunch of chicks:

Adult King Penguin Surrounded by Chicks

Someone certainly stands out!

Here is a picture of an Emperor penguin with a bunch of chicks:

Emperor Penguin with Chicks

Emperor Penguin with Chicks

Emperor vs King Penguin Diagram Found here: Sparklette
King Penguin with Chicks Found here: TravelWild Expeditions
Emperor Penguin with Chicks Found here: National Geographic

Oct 082012

Penguin here.

According to National Geographic Kids Creature Feature on Adelie penguins, Adelie penguins breed and raise their chicks farther south than any other penguin species in Antarctica. Adelie penguins usually lay two eggs at a time, and both parents take care of them.

So now that I’ve share some facts about these birdies, without further ado, here is a picture of an Adelie penguin couple and chick:

Adelie Penguins with Chick

Adelie Penguins with Chick

When I spotted this image, I also felt like I absolutely had to share it with you guys. So, here is a picture of two adorable Adelie penguin chicks:

Adorable Adelie penguin chicks

Two adorable, fuzzy, tiny Adelie penguin chicks

Adelie penguin couple with chick found here: Honisoit: Quality Student Journalism
Adelie penguin chicks found here: Cool Antarctica

Oct 042012

Penguin here.

A lot of special animal days are taking place this month.

Today, October 4th, is World Animal Day, a day meant to recognize all animals and the people who help them. You can read all about it here at World Animal Day. As you can probably tell, we love animals here at ACAD. If you want to learn some interesting animal facts about all kinds of animals, please visit National Geographic’s Animal Facts page.

I am subscribed to the Toronto Zoo’s facebook page, and today they posted an absolutely adorable picture of penguins. As you can also probably tell, I love penguins, and for that reason, we will be having an ACAD Penguin special!

These two little African penguin chicks were born at the Toronto Zoo. I fell in love with this picture as soon as I saw it. Aren’t these two little chicks the fuzziest and sweetest ever?

African Penguin Chicks

Pure Penguin Fuzz

Posted by The Toronto Zoo on their facebook page here.