Wednesday, December 31, 2008

Monday, December 29, 2008

Penguin Frolic Baby Quilt Pattern

It's believed that very small babies respond principally to black and white. If that's true, your favorite newborn will respond with pleasure to the Penguin Frolic Baby Quilt. The finished piece measures approximately 50 X 64 inches.

Download a photo and the patterns for the Penguin Frolic Baby Quilt in this four-page PDF.

Friday, December 26, 2008

Sassy Penguins in theTub

Penguins help make bath time safe and organized. This 2-piece gift set includes soft penquin spout guard and mesh penguin tub toy organizer.

At Baby Universe for $9.99

Thursday, December 25, 2008

Merry Christmas!

graphic from JGoode, A whole store full of gifts for penguin collectors and penguin lovers. Hundreds of penguins for every occasion.

Wednesday, December 24, 2008

Penguins ready for Christmas

Photo: REUTERS/Shin Young-geun/Yonhap

Tuesday, December 23, 2008

Penguin Skate Cookie Jar

Penguin Skate

This penguin is smiling because he knows his belly is full of delectable, delicious treats. Just reach in! 14" high.

At Pfaltzgraff for $34.99

Monday, December 22, 2008

Frosted Penguin Suckers

These polar penguin lollipops will add some frosty fun to winter goody bags and Christmas stockings! Also perfect for adding holiday cheer to candy dishes and treat jars! Each 2" sucker is on a 3" stick. Mixed fruit flavor. Individually wrapped. Fat-free.

At Oriental Trading Company for $5.99 Per Dozen

Saturday, December 20, 2008

Send a dancing penguin to a friend

Go here to create a dancing penguin Holiday greeting card.

Friday, December 19, 2008

Free Penguin Pal Hat Knitting Pattern

This cheerful cap is as cool as can be, but it's sure to keep any child warm. Once you get the hang of knitting from a chart, you may play around with more designs to see which other animals would make a cute hat!

Get knitting instructions here

Thursday, December 18, 2008

Dancing Penguin Socks

Fluffy dancing penguins decorate these white socks to make a whimsical addition to any outfit. Constructed of 75% sensura polyester/25% nylon. Dancing Penguin Socks are adult sizes, woman's 6-11 and men's 5-10.

$8.95 at Whales & Friends

Wednesday, December 17, 2008

Penguin Rubber Duckies

These vinyl duckies love the snowy weather! Dressed in colorful hats and scarves, these adorable penguin duckies are sure to add some winter fun to Christmas stockings, yuletide goody bags and more! You can also set them on a holiday dinner table for a cute centerpiece decoration. 2 1/4" - 2 1/2"

$5.99 for a dozen at Oriental Trading Co.

A very penguin Christmas at Korea park

This Christmas, a family of penguins is helping boost the holiday spirit in South Korea.

At an amusement park outside Seoul, five penguins on loan from the zoo welcome visitors with a mini-parade that they will perform daily until Christmas Day.

The "mom", "dad" and three "baby" penguins also put on a show, where handlers dress them up in Santa costumes and let the birds waddle around on man-made snow and ice.

Children will also be able to hold some of the penguins, and even take them on sleigh rides.

Watch a video of the penguins in their Santa suits.

Tuesday, December 16, 2008

Penguin cuff-links

Rhodium over brass with Swarovski crystals. Swivel back (easier to put on) unisex, unique styling, suitable for work or play. By Simon Carter.

$105.00 at the W store

Fused Glass Christmas Penguin

An easy fused glass project: a Christmas Penguin.

Full instructions from Glass Fusing Made Easy

Monday, December 15, 2008

Penguin Bouncing Balls

These vinyl penguins may not dance, but they sure do know how to bounce! Each one is inside a bouncy clear rubber ball! They make cute stocking stuffers or great favors at winter parties. Use them to fill goody bags or as table tossers at a dinner.

$10.99 for 12 at Oriental Trading Co.

Sunday, December 14, 2008

Penguin Cupcakes

From the Blue Cupcake company in Los Angeles, cupcakes perfect for the holidays:

(via cupcakes take the cake)

Photo from Flickr, by jdesmeules (Blue Cupcake)

Friday, December 12, 2008

Skating Penguins

Skating Penguins with Removable Wreaths - 9" L
$15.99 at Target

Thursday, December 11, 2008

Penguin Stainless Steel Travel Mug

Take your coffee on the go in this penguin stainless steel travel mug that has a sip-through lid.

$13.95 at Whales & Friends

Wednesday, December 10, 2008

Phillip Island's fairy penguins

They are as regular as clockwork.

Every night just after sunset, the fairy penguins appear from the cold waters of Bass Strait and waddle up the beach like drunken sailors from a nightspot.

And every morning, at least an hour before the sun considers rising, they are back in the ocean.

It has been like that for many years on Phillip Island, a beautiful part of the world 135km southeast of Melbourne.

they are the lifeblood of the island's economy. Other tourist attractions, restaurants, hotels and everything else, exist because of the public pulling power of the penguins.

The penguins are the No.1 wildlife attraction in Australia. Japanese visitors find them magnetic, and it's easy to see why.

They emerge on Summerland Beach on the Summerland Peninsula like soldiers in little platoons.

They yap, preen and peer, and when all are assembled, they again look like soldiers as, with eyes to the front and wings slightly raised, they advance up the sand and somehow find their home – a burrow full of hungry chicks.

Source: Daily Telegraph

Penguin Ornaments

Designed to hang or sit, these resin penguins are ready to frolic on your tree or tabletop. While each one is different, all wear glittery stocking caps to top off your holiday décor! Tie this merry flock to gift bags and wrapped presents.

At Oriental Trading Co, 6 pieces for $7.99

Tuesday, December 9, 2008

New stamp issue dedicated to penguins

The five species of breeding penguins in the Falkland Islands will soon be winging their way through letter boxes, appearing on a new issue of postage stamps – Breeding Penguins – which were released this week by the Falkland Islands Post Office.

The colorful set of six stamps comprises head profiles of each type of the five breeding penguins found in the Falklands – Magellanic, rockhopper, macaroni, king and gentoo. An unusual picture of the rare albino rockhopper penguin is also featured.

Source: Merco Press

Monday, December 8, 2008

Club Penguin Penguins

In late October, Disney released a series of stuffed animals based on digital characters from the company's popular online virtual world Club Penguin.

The plush penguins hit the market at $9.99. "We wanted to keep the price down," says Lane Merrifield, executive vice-president of Disney's Interactive Media Group and the co-founder and general manager of Club Penguin. "We decided this before the downturn, actually. The low prices will help [consumers]. But we also thought that making the toys affordable will allow the brand to be more accessible to more people."

Well, guess what? The Club Penguin Penguins seem to be the "must have" toy for this Holiday. The plush penguins dressed as a cheerleader, fireman, space alien, rock star, etc. have flown off the shelves at Toys R Us and the Disney Stores. A few have made their way to eBay at $20.00 or higher.

They are adorable!

I can understand every kid wanting one - or a whole collection of all THIRTEEN of these little cuties. I'm just happy I'm not searching all the toy stores looking for them!

Take a look at the whole collection at the Club Penguin Penguin Shop.

Friday, December 5, 2008

Gay penguin couple trying to start a family

A couple of gay penguins at Polar Land in Harbin, northeast China, are attempting to steal eggs from straight birds in an effort to become "fathers", it has been reported.

The two penguins have started placing stones at the feet of parents before waddling away with their eggs, in a bid to hide their theft.

But the deception has been noticed by other penguins at the zoo, who have ostracised the gay couple from their group. Now keepers have decided to segregate the pair of three-year-old male birds to avoid disrupting the rest of the community during the hatching season.

"It's not discrimination. We have to fence them separately, otherwise the whole group will be disturbed during hatching time," a zoo a keeper said.

Source: China Daily

Fox kills 13 penguins at German zoo

A spokesman for the Euregiozoo in Aachen, Germany, says a wild fox broke into a zoo enclosure and killed 13 penguins living there.

The unidentified spokesman said the wild animal forced its way through the enclosure's nylon netting and slaughtered the exhibit birds this week, The (British) Daily Mail said Thursday.

Wolfram Graf Rudolf, the head of the zoo, said all 13 of the penguins were of the Black Footed variety and had originated from Africa's western coast.

Rudolf said the loss of the penguins, whose bodies were found Wednesday, was a major blow to the tourist site and its remaining penguin occupants.

<-----Disturbing photo. (Click to enlarge if you're not squeamish.) Source: UPI

Thursday, December 4, 2008

3/4 of Big Antarctic Penguin Colonies to Disappear?

Up to 75 percent of major Antarctic penguin colonies may disappear if climate change continues to heat up the continent, according to a recent report.

A global temperature increase of 3.6 Fahrenheit (2 degrees Celsius) above pre-industrial levels will result in widespread changes to sea ice that the birds depend on for survival.

The temperature increase will, in any scenario, lead to a major reshuffling of colonies of emperor and Adélie penguins—the two penguin species that rely on ice for hunting and breeding.

In addition, there could be marked habitat loss of these iconic birds, said the report commissioned by the conservation group WWF.

The penguins' range is already shrinking, said David Ainley, a penguin expert with H.T. Harvey & Associates of San Jose, California, who co-authored the report.

Up to 50 percent of emperor colonies and 75 percent of Adélie colonies could be affected, the researchers said.

Source: National Geographic

Wednesday, December 3, 2008

Big Penguin is exonerated

We introduced you recently to Tasmania's Big Penguin who was being tested for possibly containing asbestos.

Good news, Big Penguin aficionados! The Big Penguin has been given the all clear, even though it contains asbestos. The report recommends regular inspections, to make sure there is no cracking in the outer shell.

Tuesday, December 2, 2008

Waiting penguins

Penguins at Disneyworld, waiting to go home.

Photo by Julie Corsi

Monday, December 1, 2008

A snow penguin?

This kitty, obviously admiring the snow penguin creation, is one of the finalists in The 4th Annual World's Coolest Dog & Cat Show.

Friday, November 28, 2008

Photographing penguins

Search millions of photographs from the LIFE photo archive, stretching from the 1750s to today. Only a very small percentage of these images have ever been published. The rest have been sitting in dusty archives in the form of negatives, slides, glass plates, etchings, and prints. Google will be adding the entire LIFE photo archive — about 10 million photos.

This photo:

Ornithologist photographing native penguin.
Date taken:February 1956
Photographer:Fritz Goro
Size:1280 x 1257 pixels (17.8 x 17.5 inches)

Thursday, November 27, 2008

Wednesday, November 26, 2008

Look, a traveling penguin!

A little plushie penguin pal designed and handmade by JGoode has his bags packed and is already off and running - venturing out into the wild to meet people all over the world. is the journal of The Penguin, the places he visits, the things he likes to do and the people he meets.

Waddle along - it should be a fun ride!

Tuesday, November 25, 2008

Is this penguin dangerous?

Tests are underway on the Big Penguin tourist attraction in Tasmania's north-west to determine whether it is a public health danger.

It is believed the statue is made of the deadly fibre asbestos.

The Big Penguin was erected in 1975 to mark the centenary of the town of Penguin.

The former Goliath Cement employee that sculpted the 3 metre sea bird, Andrew Bennie, says it contains asbestos.

The Central Coast Council is taking the issue seriously, ordering a forensic examination.

Source: ABC

Monday, November 24, 2008

Puppy power saves penguins

A world-first dog trial has proved central to turning around the fate of Warrnambool's Middle Island penguin colony - and now the next generation of pups is set to continue the good work.

After dwindling to a dire population of just four in 2005, penguin numbers at Middle Island have rebounded this year.

An early start to the breeding season has already seen eight penguin chicks leave the nest and another 16 are still on the island in various stages of development.

Deakin University PhD student Amanda Peucker, who is monitoring the penguins' progress, said the population growth could largely be attributed to the success of the guard dogs in keeping predators, like foxes, off the island.

"A couple of years ago we had something like 180 penguins killed by foxes, now there aren't even any fox prints in the area," she said.

Source: The Age

Friday, November 21, 2008

Researchers stumble upon new penguin species

Researchers have stumbled upon the remains of a previously unknown species of penguin that pre-dates the Polynesian settlement of New Zealand nearly half a century ago.

Australian and New Zealand researchers, from the University of Adelaide and the University of Otago, were studying fossils they believed to be of the more commonly known, and now endangered, yellow-eyed penguin when DNA tests revealed they actually belonged to a new species, the Waitaha penguin.

"In the process of studying yellow-eyed penguins we accidentally discovered this extinct species, which looks like it was unique to the south island of New Zealand," Dr. Jeremy Austin a senior researcher at the Australian Center for Ancient DNA, University of Adelaide told Reuters.

Source: Reuters

Thursday, November 20, 2008

We all need friends

A baby penguin at the Living Coasts attraction in Torquay, Devon, which had to be separated from its family after a greedy sibling continually ate all its food has found companionship with a stuffed toy.

Source: Telegraph

Tuesday, November 18, 2008

A little break

Jennifer Meyer recently visited my other blog & left a comment on a post which I followed back to her blog, J.L.Meyer Illustrations, where I found this very charming illustration.

Although I went SOUTH, and it isn't officially winter yet here in Chicago, that palm tree sure makes me wish I never came back! (34 degrees in Chicago today)

We've been tooling around in Florida and the Bahamas since November 7th - not much to report, except massive quantities of sunshine, margaritas, more sunshine, sandy beaches, more margaritas, too much food, some Coronas, more sunshine, some more margaritas, a little sunburn, and a little shopping.

Oh well, back to the grind ...

Wednesday, October 8, 2008

One way to get a penguin to fly

A C-130 rolled down the strip with 399 penguins on a one-way trip in Brazil last Friday.

The mission: To save the Magellanic penguins that had been stranded 1,550 miles north of their typical feeding grounds and were starving on the beaches of near Salvador.

IFAW, in cooperation with the Brazilian government, loaded the birds into crates and flew them on a Brazilian air force C-130 to Pelotas, which is on the coast just shy of the border with Argentina.

Once led to the frigid water at Pelotas, the birds waddled away.

Source: AirForce Times

Wednesday, October 1, 2008

Penguin Scrabble Tile Pendant

What a cute little gift!

▪ Handmade w/ reused wood Scrabble tiles, decoupaged images
▪ Sterling silver plated bail
▪ Game tiles are rectangular approx. 3/4" square (1.9 cm)
▪ Finished with a glass-like shine
▪ Items come in a small white organza gift bag (approx. 3 per bag)
▪ Pendants available in MULTIPLE QUANTITIES and WHOLESALE

from Etsy, by HomeStudio

Tuesday, September 30, 2008

Buy a penguin?

Claim: You can buy a [living] penguin on-line from

Status: False.

Source: Snopes

Photo from Flickr, by Mollivan Jon

(via The Pet Blog)

Monday, September 29, 2008

Sleeping penguin

Birds do not put their heads under their wings when they sleep, but instead bury the bill into the scapular feathers.

Penguins are the only birds that properly hide the bill under the wing: they can't submerge any part of their head within their scapular feathers, because their feathers are so short.

If you're interested in the sleeping behavior of other creatures, read "Sleep behaviour and sleep postures" at Tetrapod Zoology.

Photo from Flickr, by jpmatth

Thursday, September 25, 2008

Wednesday, September 24, 2008

Watch the penguins in San Francisco

The California Academy of Sciences building in Golden Gate Park in San Francisco, California is planning a grand opening.

What's being heralded as the greenest museum building in the world opens its doors to the public on September 27, 2008. The new academy in Golden Gate Park is insulated with nontoxic, second hand blue jeans and capped with a 2.5 acre living roof planted in native wildflowers.

Take a behind-the-scenes look at how the African Penguins are acclimating to the new Academy. Choose from any one of the three live webcams to watch the penguins.

Tuesday, September 23, 2008

Penguins begin their arrival to Argentine coasts

Thousands of Magellanic penguins have begun their yearly arrival to the coasts of the southeastern Argentine province of Chubut, where they will mate and breed for the next few months.

Local media on Friday broadcasted live images of the penguins walking ashore to meet their mates in what they call "The Penguin's Vigil".

And for the first time, this year the local Chubut government have also set up a website which is streaming the penguins' arrival to the Patagonia for 72 consecutive hours.

The migratory sea birds travel thousands of miles every year around this time from the coasts of Brazil to meet their partners and reproduce in the Patagonia's penguin colonies.

As temperatures begin to drop the penguins will then make their way back up the continent in search of warmer waters.

Chubut penguin website (in English)

Chubut daily penguin videos

Friday, September 19, 2008

I need a bank loan!

Quark Expeditions is offering the ultimate expedition for Penguin lovers in November 2009 to journey to Snow Hill Island and South Georgia seeking the world's two largest penguins.

The 22-day "Emperors & Kings: Snow Hill and South Georgia" expedition is priced at $21, 890 to $35,890.

This is more money than I earn in a year & I'd have to take time off from work. But, you only live once, right?

Thursday, September 18, 2008

Wednesday, September 17, 2008

Penguin Picasso

This photo provided by the Riverbanks Zoo and Gardens in Columbia, S.C. shows Ricky, a 7 year-old Rockhopper penguin making a painting to raise money for the wildlife conservation efforts.

Ricky's painting was the first sold in the auction of art by animals nationwide for $ 180 Tuesday, Sept. 16, 2008, in Columbia, S.C.

"What we did basically was put some paint on the floor and aim him toward it with a fish on the other side," Martin Vince, curator of birds at the South Carolina zoo, said.

Tuesday, September 16, 2008

Monday, September 15, 2008

Friday, September 12, 2008

Sandy penguins

Thursday, September 11, 2008

Crochet a penguin

The pattern is currently sold out. Maybe they'll have more in the future?

from Etsy, by crochetroo

Wednesday, September 10, 2008

Court urges decision on penguin protection

Penguins may be waddling closer to protected status under the Endangered Species Act, now that a judge has told federal regulators to determine whether the aquatic birds are in danger of extinction.

The U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service must say by Dec. 19 whether 10 species of penguin should be listed under the act, U.S. District Court Judge Ricardo Urbina ruled yesterday in federal court in Washington, D.C. The settlement could affect the emperor, southern rockhopper, northern rockhopper, Fiordland crested, erect-crested, macaroni, white-flippered, yellow-eyed, African, and Humboldt penguins.

“Right now penguins are marching towards extinction due to the impacts of global warming,” Shaye Wolf, a seabird biologist with the Center for Biological Diversity, said in a press release. “Protecting penguins under the Endangered Species Act is an essential step toward saving them.”

The Endangered Species Act limits economic and other activities that threaten species protected under the law and the ecosystems they need to live.

Source: Scientific American

Tuesday, September 9, 2008

happy to see you

Photo from Flickr, by GliderKing

Friday, September 5, 2008

A penguin artist

Peep gobbles down her share of smelt and capelin just like the other penguins at the Tennessee Aquarium. However, this gentoo penguin still finds room for more fishy treats while she is creating artwork behind-the-scenes at Penguins' Rock.

The painting sessions are offered as an enrichment activity for the birds in the gallery back-up area. "Anything that is new and different is exciting for the animals. And painting is one activity that helps keep their minds active and healthy," said Amy Graves, senior aviculturist at the Aquarium. "The door is always open during the painting sessions so the penguins don't get stressed. They simply come and go as they please."

Although not well known in fine art circles, Peep's artwork will go in front of a global audience of potential bidders. On Tuesday, September 16, the Auction Network will conduct a live auction featuring artwork created by animals from zoos and aquariums accredited by the Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA). An original painting called, "Happy Feet" by Peep will be one of the numerous pieces up for sale during The Arts by Animal auction, which will be broadcast online in high-definition beginning with a special pre-show at 4 p.m. EDT, followed at 5 p.m. with the live auction.

This three-hour live auction is expected to draw a worldwide audience, and will feature appearances by wildlife celebrities Jack Hanna and Nigel Marven. People are encouraged to visit now to view the entire catalog, see video bios on the animal artist and even place proxy bids before the auction begins.

Source: Newschannel9

Thursday, September 4, 2008

Video: sqwaking rockhoppers

Here's a great video taken by JGoode Designs who is also the creator of Nothing but Penguins:

Watch video.

Wednesday, September 3, 2008

Play Penguin Push

Penguin Push is a great little game. Use your arrow keys to push the silver blocks into the yellow holes to progress to the next level. Sure it sounds easy, but you had better plan ahead.

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Add Games to your own site

Or play it at Owen's World.

Tuesday, September 2, 2008

Friday, August 29, 2008

A crowded beach

from Flickr, by CharlesFred

Thursday, August 28, 2008

Penguin Kinda Love

Photo from Flickr, by LifeHouseDesign

Wednesday, August 27, 2008

Penguin Alarm Clock with Feet

Are you tired of boring alarm clocks? Look no further than a Present Time Alarm Clock. These analog clocks will ensure that your child can read the time when it's not just displayed as numbers. Help them understand the relationship of one time of day to another. This Present Time Penguin Alarm Clock with Feet features an adorable animal and a unique tilt and sound. Great gift for the time constrained or time conscious person in your life.

On sale $17.99 at Peanut Gallery Gifts