The World of Penguins

Meet those well-loved, well-dressed flightless birds in THE WORLD OF PENGUINS.

We all have an image of penguins gliding on ice at the South Pole — images that come from childhood. But contrary to popular belief penguins live beyond Antarctica, and can be found in New Zealand, southern Africa, and South America. While some species have adapted to life in regions that reach 100 degrees below zero others are comfortable in temperatures 100 degrees above. The classic tuxedoed penguins are found in Antarctica, along with the largest, the Emperor penguins, while Jackass penguins flourish in Namibia and South Africa and Humboldts live on a desert landscape near the coasts of Peru and Chile.

Though they are considered birds — they lay eggs and have feathers — penguins spend most of their lives at sea as fast and powerful predators — a stark contrast to the clumsy, waddling penguin on land. The penguin’s powerful flippers, gives them the ability to dive and hunt at ocean depths where no other bird can go.

No matter how awkward it is, every penguin must return to land. Each year penguins forsake the sea and struggle ashore to mate and lay eggs. Rockhopper penguins climb 90 foot cliffs to their nest; Adelies travel 3,000 perilous miles to breeding colonies.

Join NATURE and travel to “The World of Penguins” to discover the great variety of these aquatic birds.

To order a copy of The World of Penguins, please visit the NATURE Shop.

Online content for The World of Penguins was originally posted March 1997.

  • Brian

    PENGUINS ARE AMAZING THEY RULE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Laura

    Penguins rock they are amazing! HA HA i love them!!!!!

  • Laura

    Penguins rock they are amazing! HA HA i love them!!!!!
    <3 <3

  • logan

    omg penguins r da bobm

  • manreet

    woooooooooow and i can say that again!!!!!!!!!

  • logan

    ok omg penguins r da bomb

  • courtney

    omg penguins are the best of all bestest wobbilly animals!!!!!lol….i love them….so u better too!!!=)

  • logan

    if yall like penguins then go 2 u can b a penguin and throw snowballs at other penguins!!
    and u can join 4 free!!!!!

  • Axel

    i love penguins they’re my favprite animal

  • Jan Gerrick

    We should care for penguins!
    They rock!

  • logan

    penguins do rock dont let them go bye bye!!!

  • amal

    I luv penguins there sorta adrable!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Sahaj

    Dude! Penguins totally Rock!!!!!!!!!!!!



  • Katy

    PENGUINS RULE!!!! If you like them then below this say yes to stop global warming.

  • Jo


  • lindsey

    hey. please save the penguins!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Riley

    Penguins are AWESOME!!!!:-) pimpin

  • kenneth

    rock on penguins

  • RandomPenguin

    hey penguin lovers i got this site that u can go to !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!its!!!!!!its this virtual world of ……………PENGUINS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!my user name is Redfrog101!!!!!!im usualy on frostbite at the cove chilling so if u want to be my buddy u know where to go!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • RandomPenguin

    penguin r really great really great really great penguins r really great and deserve loooooooooooooooooooooooooooooootttttttttsssssssssssss of LOVE!!!

  • riley

    oh come on you people are crazy i mean i like penguins and all but you are obsessed with them

  • Random Penguin

    i got the emperor penguin when i was in first grade!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!=D

  • Helen

    hey penguin lovers what is up!!!!!!!!!!!!! I love penguins!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Bye

  • Emily

    Penguins are soooo cute and they rule

  • Random Penguin

    i love penguins and plz keep on playing im always on frostbite at the plaza for coins for change plz donate some coins !!help the children plz :D



  • Random Penguin

    i love the emperor penguin

  • Random Penguin

    i think penguins r a humans best friend:D

  • blah

    PENGUINS ARE AGIRL/BOYS friend they rule but so do i!
    who does not like penguins if they do not then they are CrAzY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! i love all peguins bibi!

  • dfgdfkdhfkldhfj

    why r penguins so cooliox well ill tell ya cuz they just r they r born dat way so ha! I l ove penguins. bie

  • Michael

    I LOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOVE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Penguins!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!YEAH!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Dougsmom

    I am confused. Why is the Happy Feet movie set in an area that experiences the Arora Borealis AND has glaciers and ice flows? Doesn’t this just perpetuate misunderstanding about where penguins live? I had an argument with two well-educated people last year, who insisted that Penguins live with Santa. I kept telling that the Santa book was mistaken–the drawings showed Penguins and not PUFFINS. Am I wrong???

  • Random Penguin


  • michelle

    i am not a big fan of peguins but there pretty animals.Up in that pic is a lot of penguins

  • BILL


  • kate

    penguins rock!!!!!

  • bob


  • dania


  • Random Penguin


  • bilge

    im doing a non-cronocical report about animals and i chose …………penguins!!!!!!!!! wooot
    XD :)

  • georgia

    this is rubish u cant even ask a simple quistion !! omg !!

  • kourtney

    well i love poeple who love penguins soo any guys who want to date anyone who loves penguins im here

  • Mario

    I love penguins! They rule! They are awesome! I would totally chose penguins as a report to do.

  • Mario

    Hay kourtney date me!

  • rand

    i <3 peguins but u noe y? cauz im SOO fat lol

  • Gwen

    I think penguins are so cute!!! I wish I could see a penguin in real life!!! (not at the zoo)

  • Attila

    Yeah, and them fat ones is good eatin’ too.

  • Hamann

    wow! thats a’lot o’ info there. them being so cute aint helping me but these infos’ are great!

  • john

    i dont like penguins they scare me..

  • kourtney

    well john you are suspost tol ike them why do they scare you
    hey anyone like penguins that is single

  • Kayla

    I love penguins!!! They like such a cool life!! Get it… cool!!! hahaha! Penguin have been soooo rare in my life so i LOVE them!!!

  • Kayla

    PENGUINS ROCK!!! :) I have never seen one up close but that picture is really neat!!! the are soooo awesome! <3

  • kourtney

    I have seen penguins up close before at the zoo hehe lol

  • shiba

    i love penguins even if some are freaky i so wish ii was a penguin

  • michel

    i love pengiuns!!!!!!!!!!!!! im doing a project about penguins and i found everything about them here!!!!

  • hannah

    Penguins are so cute

  • bobby

    peinguins rock they are so adorable there also soooooooo cute and soooooooo lovable they’re the best

  • nancey

    if you like pinguins ur cool if u dont ur weird!!!!!!!! SAVE THE PINGUINS PLZZZZZZ!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • kimberly

    they are cute.

  • micky

    what sound do penquins live

  • kourtney

    well i love them and if anyone thinks they are stupid or doesnt like them they are going to have a lot of haters so HA HA HA HA HA HA so you better like them on this site (: (:

  • Lia

    I LUV THE PENGUINS THEY R SUPER KL!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • ashley

    i lov ethe wbsite the animals are so cool

  • Keristen

    They r so cute!

  • Alice

    i love it rocks (i am Pienniee on clubpenguin) lol

  • Rae’Lynn

    I LOVE PENGUINS LET THEM STAY!*!*!*!*!*!*!*!*!*

  • Da’Monae

    i hate pengiuns they smell like fish and they ugly

  • Random Penguin

    Random Penguin in da house!!!!!!!Da’Monae u r a a penguin hater so im aginst u!

  • yoyo moma

    hey logan, do penguins live in the artic?

  • yoyo moma

    hey, yo! people! ANYBODY?????? me and my idiot of a brother wanna KNOW if penguins live in the artic, and if youd be so kind TO ANSWER ME!!!!!!!!!!!!please:)

  • bruce

    guys im sorry to say penguins do not live in the arctic hahaha lol r u really that dumb

  • monique garcia

    hey penguins are so freakin cool and i think that we should like do something to help the peguins or something!!!

  • monique


  • demi lavato

    penguins rock i wish i owned one actually i adopted one and put it in the zoo penguins are my fav animal

  • georgia

    are penguins actually endangered because if you go on websites on penguins then it dosnt say anything about endangered penguins but everyone is saying they are endangere so im really confused

  • patricia

    could you please write more about penguins because I need to wirte a speech about them in front of the school.I’m really nervous so please write more!

  • joshua

    this is an cool website to explore

  • giulianna

    i heart penguins!!!!!!!!!

  • Shania

    i love Mrs.Leiby… Mrs.Leiby is a penguin so i guess i love her!!

  • Martina

    Mrs.Leiby is the best

  • shania

    ily ms.liby

  • megan

    ily ms.leiby

  • martina

    maritna waz her and hates penguins they are U.G.L.Y

  • cum

    i love the world of penguins!! they rock!!

  • Shania

    i had someone cum on me over the weekend and i think it was a penguin

  • shania

    PENGUINS ARE FAT AND UGLY day smell like tuna

  • Ur face

    Mrs.Leiby is a penguin so she smells like fish n she is ugly…. hahahahahahahaha…..<3

  • Ur moma

    Mrs.Leiby is da first penguin….hahahahahaha…<3

  • Shania

    Ily Mrs.Leiby from Shaina

  • Shania

    Shania loves Mrs.Leiby

  • Cort

    i loveeeee penguins and you are all creeeeperrrsss..

  • penguins are my life

    penguins are super … i wanna just squeeze one.

  • no life

    i counted that picture above there is 69! penguins

  • some one with no life

    I have a penguin, and now i only have one finger on left hand.I HATTE PENGUINS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • some one with a life

    penguins will one day rule the world!! mu ha ha ha ha!

  • callie

    I think penguins are soooooooo cuddly and cute!!

  • Gal

    penguins Rock,Penguins Rules!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Gal

    penguins Rock so much,Penguins Rules!!!!!!!!!!!

  • kamakshi

    The information provided is satisfactory but not good enough . Children require more information & that too to the point which can cover a lot of interesting facts & information.but thats true all bebes & dudes that penguins are fascinating & they rock

  • malikalily

    OMG!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! dat penguin lukz like my fwiend

  • ivanna

    penguins r hot and cute just like sea horses

  • alexis

    my bff kymtra kim loves them i am the monkey lover doing it for homework

  • beth

    penguins r so cute and adorable when they are a chicks

  • kalya

    penguin iz my nick name I LUV THEM!!!

  • DeadInside

    Ohmygosh…penguins r so cute!

  • Amber


  • fred

    so…basically there are penguins in madagascar….

  • aja

    Thanks a lot.I had to prove a point to my sister on what penguins do.

  • Waddle

    Penguins r soooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo CUTE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    They r to CUTE to be TRUE!!!!!!!!~

  • Ariel

    This is really good but I think you should write more like what about the fact that penguins have been around for 50,000 years and the first ever penguin was taller then an average human at 5.5 feet tall.

  • Laura Fabrizio

    I love penguins!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! plzx dont kill them. I’m at school right know and am really bored so I am writing this comment. I do like penguins though. good bye!!!

  • Anonomys

    hello i luv jimmy jorgenson. he is so cool. i hav first lunch today anshdhfufjfufjfnfnhfdueneneooedj lalalalalalaa PEACE homie!!!!!

  • Coolios Penguins !

    Hi ! I’m asia and i love love love just love penguins ! ily-penguins ! <3

  • Lauren

    penguins r sweet :]

  • andi

    penguins are da bomb

  • pansy

    penguins r zo cute and cudaly i love them zo much i would love 2 visit dem

  • Bread box

    Yea, Penguins are pretty amazing creatures.. I would have to say I agree with almost everybody on here. Now, people who havent, go visit a penguin and help stop Global Warming!!!! =D

  • nora marie

    HOLY MACARONI I SHOULD BE A ROYAL ADELE I NEED A CHINSTRAP gentoo ow my erect crested i play the snare im african humboldt im magellanic galapogos yellow eyed fairy fiorlandemperor rockhopper and king those r all 17 penguins!!!!!

  • Randompenguin

    im @school and serching penguins cuz i like them

  • nancy

    i love penguins!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • carine

    i luuuuuuuuuuuuv penguins they r so cuteeeeee nd luvlyyyyyyyi wish i had one

  • Daira Bustos

    penguins are super awesome and my friend cristy likes then too yeah!!!!!!!!

  • hcbhusicbyihscbkgtau

    they are sooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo facinating!

  • hashnnibytherer

    They are the second cutiest animals in my best animals list.

  • marissa

    penguins are so cool :)

  • Claudia


  • sabrina

    OMG i love penguins they are soo cute and cuddly.have u ever seen one? i can draw them soo real or at least that is wat my friends said. but i am an artist i know that.

  • Alec552

    Penguins rock because they are so cute and fun. Ive been to a zoo and got to pet one and they rock!!! I wish we could have them as pets :)

  • caleb

    penguins are fresh

  • lauren

    i love penguins they should have a place to live and have peace and go back to the way they were in life

  • nataly gutierrez

    i think penguins r adorible n u guys should to soon enough penguins rnt going to be here and nether r we how will the world be like if penguins were not here so if u want the penguins to live and polar bears and all the animals out there that can be extinct even u… u shouls recycle and care for the world dont eat penguins fish and i really hope u listen

  • Nick

    I have this game with penguins on it it is so funny!

  • louden+robert

    ya lol…we all love them but the question is… how long is their life span? hmm?? this website doesnt give any needing info

  • skye

    im gongto be a penguinoligist like u will ever be one! penguins rule! going to the artic 2morrow
    how cool!

  • Aisha

    OMG!!!! i absolutely luv those penguins !!!! they are the best!!! soooooo cute!!

  • kman

    penguins can live 50 years!

  • vickie roy

    I think they are unique.I love to watch animal shows in general.

  • Dezire

    ever since i bought my first stuffed animal penguin they have been my favorite animal. i know tons of interesting facts about them like they don’t have a sence of smell. !!!PENGUINS ROCK!!!

  • rhiannon

    they are so cute and are well THE BESTEST ANIMAL IN THE WORLD!!!!

  • burito

    not enough info and i dont like reading

  • lea

    i wish penguins lasted as long as my lone life

  • diamond

    they r ugly

  • dave gibney

    Been interested in penguins and their environment but would like more information like what happens to them when they die and what the other penguins do as part of the death ritual and how the rest of them react to a loss of 1 of their group.

  • bre bre

    does any1 know where i can find anything out on the penguin nervous system??

  • nesha

    All those penguins look so pretty huddled up all togather

  • idontknowwatsgoingon

    i totally love penguins! if u dont like them then ur NUTS!cuz penguins r cool especially rockhoppers im doing a poster on them for school its great check out me i love penguins coment me dont say penguins r boring disgusting ugly etc. or ur dead i mean dead so thx for everything i love penguin save them dont harm them bye!!!!!!

  • joe


  • penguin lover

    i luv penguins there my fav animal they rule !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!1

  • poppr

    i love pinguins

  • Micaela

    Those are cool penguins there! Great pic!!!!

  • Karina

    omg these are the most CUTIEST THING IN THE WORLD LOL!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • tracey

    I think penguins are cute and lovely

  • eddie

    i love to read about them they are so cute and cuddly


    I did not enjoy the way this was wrote. Please when you write make it INTERESTING!

  • hot dog

    cooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooool pengins!


    i like pengins alot its almost as good as gymnastics and i’m going 2 florida to compete!!! yay… pengins mite be a little better lol and if u dnt think so theres something wrong wid u lol and about this site its OK it cud be better bu it okkk well gtg hate ya!!! jkjkjkjk lolol no 4 real bye dingy!!!

  • davon

    lets save the penguins they’re so cool and deserve a second chance in life

  • Emily Cheesecake

    African Peguins Rock!

  • Jon

    I hear that penguins live for 40 years and then decide if the want to die or live another 30 years. if they decide to live for 30 more years the first pull all their feathers off, once they regrow they pull off htre talons, once the gorwn back then they pull off their beaks….after that they go on living….can someone verify if this is true

  • Chakita (:

    I FREAKINNNN LUVVVVV PENNGGUINNNSS !! I i asked my mom is i could have 1 and she said NO! can u believee tht?!?!?! (: oh well , when i’m older im goin to the Artic to live so i can rule PENGUIN WORLDDD!!! :D

  • oyo

    penguins rock! im doing my book report on them

  • chester the melseter!/profile.php?id=1346471300 add this guy he is like a penguin.

  • becca :) (:

    i love penguins!!!!!!! ~ <3 <3 <3 <3 <3 <3

  • nowbbdhgd

    omg love this website so much organized and everything else best website i saw

  • ty

    pitt pens are the best

  • kloe

    heheheheheheheheheheheh i hate you

  • kloe

    welll hehehehehehehehehehehehehehehe

  • x box 360 fan

    so yah i got a new game for XBOX 360 and its about penguins!!!!!!!!!

  • Penguin

    penguinz r freakin awesome!!!!

  • no one

    hiiiiii. i friggenn luvvv penguinnsssss (:

  • Co-Co Puff

    I LOVE PENGUINS!!!!!!!! They rock the U.S.A.!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Co-Co Puff

    I LOVE PENGUINS!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    THEY ARE AWESOME!!!!!!!!!

  • cleo


  • maryjane

    i love penguins!!!!! I <3 penguins they are awesome, especially Gunter from adventure time!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • maryjane

    PEOPLE DON’T LET THE PENGUINS GO BYE BYE THEY WANT TO LIKE TO LIKE WE DO DON’T LET THEM GO!!!! THEY DESERVE A LIFE TOO!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Anna

    i luv penguins so plzzzz dontn kill them or let them go by bye forever…..we need them for lifee!

  • arianna

    at school im doing a thing about penguins i heart them

  • lelea sdosa

    penguins rock i hate dogs!!

  • Ason60

    they are so cute and awesome penguins rule !!!!!!!1 :^)

  • alliycat10988

    i love penguins

  • javon



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  • Amanda shower

    my daughter new all this shes so smart!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Shreya Jain

    Where is the map of where penguins live?

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