What’s black and white and cute all over? Join the Milwaukee County Zoo on Saturday, April 22, as it celebrates World Penguin Day, which coincides with the annual migration of these unique, flightless birds.
Penguins are some of the most beloved animals in zoos and aquariums, and are an important component of our ecological world. There are currently 17 different species of penguins—the largest being the Emperor penguin, weighing nearly 80 pounds, and the smallest being the little blue or “fairy” penguin, weighing only around 2 pounds.
The Zoo has three penguin species in its collection: Gentoo, rockerhopper and Humboldt. The Zoo has been engaged in an important breeding program for the endangered Humboldt penguin for a number of years, and has been conducting research on a Humboldt penguin population on a small Chilean island since the early 1990’s.
Join the Milwaukee County Zoo from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. on this special day for all the festivities! Every year at the end of April, scientists have observed penguins returning home after spending months at sea. Researchers began to plan for the penguins’ arrival after observing this phenomenon, creating a time for celebration based on the penguins’ annual migration appearance.
For more information on World Penguin Day, contact the Zoo’s Marketing and Communications Division at 414.256.5466.