Seven different species of penguin
We asked the polar guide and penguin enthusiast Marty Garwood to tell us more about the seven different penguin species we have the chance to see during our expedition to Antarctica, South Georgia and the Falkland Islands in 2023. Marty has worked as a polar guide in the Arctic and Antarctic for seven years ago. He has also been a senior keeper at Sydney Aquarium. This role provided Marty some very unique experiences such as being foster parent for penguin chicks.
Collectors love to add rare and unique items to their collections. Did you know there is a large group of people out there called ‘Penguin collectors’? Their mission is to see all 18 species of penguin in the wild. After you meet your first penguin you will understand why people would want to see all the varieties of these cute and enigmatic creatures! A trip to Antarctica that includes Falklands and South Georgia is the perfect trip to start your penguin collection as you see 7 different species in one trip!
A species that we can find in the Falkland Islands and nests in a burrow. It has a peculiar call that sounds just like a donkey.
A small and spunky species that lives on the Falkland Islands. They climb very steep cliffs to get to their nests by hopping with both feet.
One of the most numerous penguin species but it is very hard to see as it choses isolated and wild islands to nest on. South Georgia is one of the few locations with accessible colonies.
An inquisitive species that nests in both Antarctica and the sub Antarctica islands. Their distinctive red beak is one of the few splashes of colour found in Antarctica.
They love a nest with a view. Chinstrap penguins nest high on hillsides and islands in Antarctica. They form penguin highways walking in groups from the water to their nests during the breeding season. Be sure to give way and let them pass before you cross their highways!
A true Antarctic specialist that will not breed anywhere else. They spend so much time on snow and ice, they are the only penguins on this list that will toboggan (slide on their belly) over the snow rather than walk.
True to its name the King penguin is the ruler of South Georgia. There is simply nothing more wondrous than stepping into their kingdom. Some beaches in South Georgia are home to over 100,000 King penguins and they are gracious to let you walk among them undisturbed. To step into their kingdom is truly like nothing else on earth!
600 miles south of Cape Horn we find the world’s most isolated and remote wilderness – Antarctica. The grand and beautiful Antarctic landscape leaves its visitors in awe. The continent and surrounding islands are home to millions of penguins, seals and whales. Worth mentioning is the subantarctic island of South Georgia, a haven for anyone interested in wildlife and widely regarded as one of the most beautiful places on earth.