Q: Other than Antarctica, where do penguins live?
SW: Penguins are actually found on every continent below the equator, including some of the warmest and coldest places on the planet.
Q: How many different types of penguins are there?
SW: Quite a few, and many of them you can meet here at SeaWorld. Worldwide there are 18 species in all: emperor, king, gentoo, Adélie, chinstrap, little, yellow-eyed, Snares, macaroni, northern and southern rockhopper, Fiordland, erect-crested, Royal, African, Humboldt, Magellanic, and Galápagos. And yes, there really is one called a macaroni penguin.
Q: Are penguins endangered?
SW : It depends on the species, but many are facing growing survival risks. The Galápagos, yellow-eyed, northern rockhopper, African and erect-crested penguins are unfortunately all endangered. Threats include habitat and nesting site loss, entanglement in fishing gear, overfishing of food sources and global climate change.
Q: What do penguins eat?
SW: Penguins dine on a diet of shrimp-like crustaceans called krill, as well as various fishes and squids.
Q: How big do penguins get?
SW: The emperor penguin is the largest of all living penguins, standing at 3.7 feet tall. The smallest of the penguins is a species called the little penguin, standing at just 16 inches tall.