Royal Penguin

PenguinWorld is designed to be the one-stop shop for all things penguin. Check out Professor Penguin for answers to any questions you may have, and the Features section for in-depth articles. Otherwise, browse the information available on the different types of penguins below.

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Dear Penguin Enthusiast,

We are undertaking a project to develop a tool to assess wild penguin welfare. Information from this project will be used to begin to understand the impact of human actions on wild penguin welfare, and a tool will be made freely available based on our findings to assist you with how to consider penguin welfare in management and conservation decisions.

We are writing to invite you to undertake an online questionnaire that will present you with five hypothetical scenarios that describe the day of five penguins. You will be asked to score the impact of the events of each day on the penguin using the welfare assessment tool. Additionally, the questionnaire will also ask some general demographic questions to examine how scores differ between different groups of participants. No identifying information will be requested and care will be taken to ensure all responses are anonymous.

The link below will provide you with further information about the project and a SurveyMonkey questionnaire. The first page has further information on our study, and if you chose to participate, you will be asked to check a consent box that will take you to the questionnaire, which will take about 15 minutes to complete.

We thank you for your time,

A/Prof Raf Freire, Dr Melanie Massaro (both Charles Sturt University), Dr Phil Trathan OBE (British Antarctic Survey) and Prof Christine Nicol (The Royal Veterinary College)

Types of Penguin

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It might seem strange to say this, but it is hard to say exactly how many species of penguins there are living in the world today. Most authorities suggest between 16 to 19 species, with the 17 types of penguins listed on this website being the most common. However, even one of those is in doubt: the evidence indicates that the Royal penguin is really probably only a white-faced variant of the Macaroni penguin. Yet, there might still be 17 species of penguins – or even more: genetic and other evidence is accumulating to suggest that the penguins with the long crests known as Rockhopper penguins probably comprise two, or even three, different species. Similarly, Gentoo penguins may well consist of more than one species.

Each species belongs to a larger grouping of closely related species known as a genus. The living penguins comprise six genera (the plural of genus). You can see which species belong to each genus by looking under Families of Penguins in the Menu. Otherwise, if you wish to go straight to the information about a particular species, click on its picture below.

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