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Species Spotlight: Emperor Penguin

Emperor penguin babies

Half of the world’s emperor penguins live on the Antarctic Peninsula, which is heating up faster than the elsewhere around the globe and melting sea ice that the penguins depend on for breeding and access to food.

How long do penguins keep their eggs warm?

Extreme cold temperatures put eggs and hatchlings at risk. So male emperor penguins keep the eggs warm for nearly five months.

Do emperor penguins fly?

Emperor penguins are flightless birds but very strong swimmers.

How fast can a penguin swim?

They can propel their streamlined bodies up to 15 miles per hour when in pursuit of a meal.


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