Adorable penguins reign the hearts of many, and a lot of people yearn to see them in their habitat. While most curious minds and penguin-lovers thought that the animals only live in Antarctica, they never knew that some penguin colonies live in their country—Africa, New Zealand, and more. Oh, and it's not even in a zoo, to begin with.
Peru. Penguins in a warm country? Yes. Not all penguins like to wobble in ice. In fact, the Peruvian Humboldt species has a penchant for the sunny climate. They like to breed near the coasts of the country and nest on rocky regions, guano, or even in hot deserts. However, due to overfishing, climate change, and habitat destruction, the population of the Peruvian Humboldt dwindled in numbers and is now listed as an endangered species.
South Africa. Not lacking in biodiversity, people can find the African penguin in the Boulders Beach, Cape Town. The rocky terrain of the beach's feature makes great breeding grounds for the birds. When people swim in the area, they are careful not to come in contact with the bird - though they can observe them at a safe distance. Meanwhile, the black-footed penguin can be found in Simons Town, according to Ecophiles.
Chile. Home of the Magellanic penguins, the animals would prefer to live in the hot climate of the country, preferably on beaches as well. But perhaps, they are mostly seen in Chiloe Island and live with their group. If you're curious about how they were able to live up with the hot temperature, no worries. Their body stature was created that way live up to the heat.
Galapagos Islands, Ecuador. It's not much of a surprise that Galapagos has a species of the animal on their own. Being considered as one of the world's notable destinations for wildlife-viewing, Galapagos Islands even offer visitors a chance to see and swim with the penguins. While most of the birds migrate accordingly to the season, the Galapagos penguins lived on the island all of their lives, according to CNN News.
New Zealand. This is where you can find the world's smallest penguin - the blue penguin. Known because of their blue feathers, they lived mostly on the coastlines of the country. Their moniker, "fairy penguins," was formed because of their stature. Other unique species found in New Zealand are the Rockhoppers, crested penguins, and the yellow-eyed species.