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WORLD PENGUIN DAY!!

WORLD PENGUIN DAY!!

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 We just love these flightless birds! Edmond was so inspired to by penguins he wrote a poem for them on World Penguin Day! You can check out last year’s post with fun drawings here!  Ellie drew a wonderful penguin coloring sheet too! Make sure to check out our Instagram account (@ellieandedmond) for our How to Draw a Penguin video too!

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Penguins

by Edmond Horse

Penguins! We love you for your formal attire; even though you aren’t great fliers!

Penguins! We love the way you waddle; you have no time to dawdle!

Penguins! We love your little hidden knees! We wish we could see them- pretty please?

Penguins! We love that you sneeze salt; this adaptation we exalt!

Penguins! We love that you are big fish eaters and you can dive many meters!

Penguins! We love the largest of your species; those Emperors live where it freezes!

Penguins! We love it when your feathers molt, it’s as if they all revolt!

Penguins, penguins, penguins so many reasons to love you and these have been just a few!

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Penguin Appreciation Day- 2015

Due to unforeseen circumstances at Ellie and Edmond HQs, we will not be posting any new posts this week. We will be back next week with all new animals and adventures. Thank you for your understanding. In the meantime, please enjoy these coloring sheets from last year’s Penguin Appreciation Day.

PENGUINS APPRECIATION DAY!!!

We’re celebrating everyone’s favorite flightless bird with two coloring sheets!

king penguin coloring sheet

rock hopper coloring sheet

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WORLD PENGUIN DAY!!

WORLD PENGUIN DAY!

Happy World Penguin Day! We’re celebrating our favorite flightless ocean going birds today with some great fun facts!

 

Penguins sneeze out excess salt!

Penguins sneeze out excess salt!

All penguins live in the southern hemisphere!

All penguins live in the southern hemisphere!

Gentoo penguins can swim up to 22 mph! The fastest swimmers amongst all penguins!

Gentoo penguins can swim up to 22 mph! The fastest swimmers amongst all penguins!

The oldest penguin fossil was found in New Zealand. It was 62 million years old.

The oldest penguin fossil was found in New Zealand. It was 62 million years old.

Penguins do have knees :)!

Penguins do have knees :)!

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PENGUIN APPRECIATION DAY!!!

PENGUINS APPRECIATION DAY!!!

We’re celebrating everyone’s favorite flightless bird with two coloring sheets!

king penguin coloring sheet

rock hopper coloring sheet

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WORLD PENGUIN DAY!!

WORLD PENGUIN DAY!!!

We’re celebrating World Penguin Day with some fun facts and picture about the fabulous flightless birds! We’re wearing our orange tufts to look like Macaroni Penguins, our favorites!

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  • There are 18 species of penguins in the world.
  • All penguins live in the Southern Hemisphere.
  • Only 8 species of penguins actually live in cold climates.

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  • The Emperor Penguin is the largest species.
  • The Fairy Penguin is the smallest species.
  • Penguins live in colonies.
  • Penguins are marine birds. They spend 75% of their life at sea.

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  • Penguins have up to 70 feathers per square inch.
  • Penguins have excellent hearing.
  • Emperor Penguins can stay under water for up to 15 minutes.

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  • Fossilized penguins have been found that are 58 million years old.
  • Penguins do not have teeth. They have barbs on their tongue and throat.
  • Penguin wings are called flippers.

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Tell us why you love penguins!!

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PENGUIN WEEK DAY # 5

PENGUIN WEEK DAY #5

It’s the last day of Penguin Week and we sure have had a blast meeting some of these flightless feathery friends and hope you’ve had fun too. Our last day of adventure takes us back to Antarctica to meet yet another cute penguin species!

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MEET THE ADELIE PENGUIN!

adelie penguins   Range/Habitat: Circumpolar Antarctica/ coasts-ice

   Diet: Carnivore: krill, small fishes

   Length/Weight: 18-24”/ 8 ¾-12 lb

   Conservation Status: common

 

 

Fun Facts:

  • Adelie penguins nest on the mainland of Antarctica.
  • They have blue-black feathers with pure white fronts.
  • Adelie penguins have white rings around the eyes.
  • Adelie penguins breed in colonies of up to 200,000 birds.
  • They build nest with rocks.
  • Adelie penguins have been seen stealing rocks from other penguins to make their nests.

 

Adelie penguins are so proper looking with their white bellies and sharp looking blue-black feathers. All they need now is a bowtie!

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JANUARY CRAFT!

JANUARY CRAFT

We’re starting off our monthly craft feature with a penguin coloring sheet. It is an original Ellie drawing! We know penguins are black and white, but we want to see them in color and glitter :)!

Download and print this penguin trio and then show us your best stuff! As always we love it when you share your artwork with us on Facebook or Twitter!

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PENGUIN WEEK DAY # 3

PENGUIN WEEK DAY #3

We’re off to South Georgia Island to meet a crested penguin who spends most of their life in the ocean, but form gigantic colonies during breading season! So let’s grab our coats and head down towards the south pole!

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MEET THE MACARONI PENGUIN!

macaroni penguin   Range/Habitat: South Chile, South Atlantic/ rocky islands-oceans

   Diet: Carnivore: krill

   Length/Weight: 28”/ 7 ¾-14 lb

   Conservation Status: vulnerable

 

 

Fun Facts:

  • Macaroni penguins have a yellow crest of feathers on their head.
  • They were named after the macaroni hat of the 1800s.
  • Macaroni penguins are very vocal.
  • Macaroni penguins spend most of their time at sea.
  • They come ashore and form large breeding colonies.
  • Macaroni penguins form lifelong pair bonds.
  • Both male and female macaroni penguins incubate the egg.

 

We just love these little penguins with their fun name and their yellow crest of feathers on their head! We must see what we would look like with a fun crest on our heads!

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PENGUIN WEEK DAY # 2

PENGUIN WEEK DAY #2

For day two of Penguin Week we’re going South America! That’s right; we’re going to the temperate climates of South America to meet one cute little bird! Are you ready for today’s adventure?

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MEET THE HUMBOLDT PENGUIN!

humboldt penguin   Range/Habitat: Western South America/ coasts-oceans

   Diet: Carnivore: anchovies, sardines

   Length/Weight: 22-26”/10-11 lb

   Conservation Status: vulnerable

 

 

 

Fun Facts:

  • Humboldt penguins were named after a cold weather current that goes in their habitat.
  • They have a black u shaped stripe on their chest.
  • Humboldt penguins have pink faces at the base of their beaks.
  • Humboldt penguins nest in underground burrows.
  • They form monogamous pairs.

Humboldt penguins are adorable! It’s so cool that they live in rocky outcrops on the coasts and not on an icy continent!

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TENNESSEE AQUARIUM ROAD TRIP!

Field Trip to the Tennessee Aquarium!

Recently we took a road trip to the Tennessee Aquarium in Chattanooga, Tennessee and man did we have a great time! The Tennessee Aquarium has not one but TWO buildings to explore! The first one is dedicated to fresh water habitats and the second building houses some of your favorite ocean dwelling animals! That’s right everyone, you can spend your day visiting animals from all over the world and that is exactly what we did!

We started out hanging out in the plaza, getting the lay of the land and deciding on where we should start.

Out front of the Aquarium!

We decided to head into the Freshwater building first! There, they not only have great animal exhibits, but they have Ranger Rick’s backyard safari!

We headed down to check this area out  and catch a live animal encounter! We stayed to meet some cool birds, including the Galah.

 

 

Our next stop was to check out some sea horses and their relatives! They are just so cute!

Pipefish

 

Piprfish

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

A sea dragon

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

We then boarded the escalator that takes you to the top of the building, where you make your journey through cool freshwater habitats! Isn’t it neat that you start from the top and make your way down to the bottom!

A really biiig tree!

This is where we met some adorable river otters!

Otters have a good time!

These guys are so playful and graceful; we could have stayed there for hours! But alas, we had to keep going, there was much more to see! 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Then as we kept exploring we stumbled upon some amazing amphibians! Check out these frogs and newts!

Poison Dart Frog!

Newt!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

We’re even bigger than this guy!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Next was a big exhibit with all kinds of reptiles, fish and birds! They all live in one habitat, because that’s how it would be in the wild. Well, the American Alligator was separated from the other animals, but that’s understandable.

Alligator tail!

Turtle party!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Turtle and ducks getting along!

 

Off we went to find turtles and tortoises! Two of our favorites in this exhibit were the Indian Star Tortoise

Indian Star Tortoise

and the Long neck turtle.

Long neck turtle!

Wow, turtles and tortoises come in so many shapes and sizes! The big exhibit in this building was shut down while we there, because the aquarium was prepping for their new exhibit River Giants! That’s ok, because it just gives us a reason to go back :)! We just love all the conservation messages that the aquarium has all around too!

We need to protect our rivers!

 

We took a lunch break to refuel before heading over to the second building! We chomped on some apples and hay by the Tennessee River. As we were sitting there we watched a wild Great Blue Heron have some lunch too! He scooped up a fish from the river and swallowed it whole! YUM!

Heron! Look closely and you’ll see the fish in his throat!

Having lunch by the river!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

After lunch, we were ready for our second adventure for the day! We found a lovely habitat that took us to basin of the Amazon!

Tropical!

 

We first found some very spotty fresh water sting rays! Did you know that there are rays living in rivers? Pretty cool!

Stingrays!

Then we found a pair of Hyacinth Macaws! These beautiful big blue birds were so much fun to watch! We stood there for a good 15 minutes or so watching their antics!

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It’s the pair!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Our favorite shot of the day! Bonk!

 

So pretty!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

These gorgeous birds are the largest flighted parrot on the planet!

We then stumbled into the butterfly habitat! Edmond was excited because he just loooves butterflies! We had a hard time getting pictures of these insects as they fly away so very fast. But it was so fun to find them.

Do you see the butterfly?

As we headed out of the warm, humid habitat that the butterflies live in, we began to get colder. Yep, we were getting close to the penguin habiat! The aquarium has gentoo and macaroni penguins and they are so cute! They were getting ready for breading season and gathering rocks to make nests. The penguins are very picky about the rocks they choose and work very hard to make the nests! Be careful though, penguins have been known to steal other penguin’s rocks!

Penguins!

He’s getting a rock to build a nest!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

We finally went off in search of sharks!

Thanks goodness we found a shark cage!

And we were in luck, because they have them at the aquarium! Too bad we couldn’t get a photo of them, but they have to keep swimming in order to breathe.

So it was off to meet some cephalopods! We chilled out and watched the octopus for a while! He was very active and just fascinating!

Octopus!

 

Look at those suckers!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Ooooo…

 

We wanted to cuddle with the cuttlefish we saw, but they weren’t up for it. Oh well, maybe next time.

Hello cuttlefish!

As we made our way out, we stopped for a photo op!

It feels like we’re in the ocean!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Our last stop of the day was at the IMAX theater where we saw a movie about coral reefs!

Lobby of the IMAX theater! We have but one world to share!

Coral reefs are one of the most amazing habitats on the planet! It made us want to go snorkeling immediately!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

We had an amazing time at the Tennessee Aquarium! If you’re ever in Chattanooga, you have to go there! They do a great job with their exhibits, their animals and their conservation message!

On our way home! We had a great day!

 

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