Here are some interesting fun facts about adult and chick emperor
- There are approximately 595,000 adult emperor penguins in
- It’s the only animal to inhabit
the open ice of Antarctica during the winter.
- They face wind chills as cold as -76oF and blizzards of 124
- Four layers of scale-like feather
protect them from icy winds and provide a waterproof coat.
- A group of of adults and chicks which is called a
“huddle” work together to huddle for warmth. 5,000 or more tightly
packed adults and chicks shuffle around, so each takes a turn—but
not too long—on the outside of the huddle where it’s cold.
- The tallest and heaviest of all living penguin
species, a grown adult emperor penguin reaches an average 39 inches
in length and can weigh up to 88 pounds
diet consists primarily of fish, krill, and squid.
- Their aerodynamic bodies and strong flippers make them
excellent swimmers, reaching speeds of 7.6 mph.
- They can dive deeper than any other bird—as deep as 1,850
feet—and they can stay under for more than 20 minutes.
- As a social animal, they will walk up to 75 miles each year
to reach their colonial nesting areas.
an egg is laid, the male will care for the egg until hatched while
the mother travels to the sea to hunt for food, which can take up to
- As the young penguins grow,
adults leave them in groups of chicks called crèches while they
leave to fish.
- Emperor penguins are
considered a “near threatened” species due to disease, habitat
destruction, and disturbance of breeding colonies by humans.
- They can live 15-20 years in the wild.