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This article is designed to inform you and hopefully help you make the right choice and save
these beautiful birds.
A brief history of this fascinating bird
These beautiful and sometimes clumsy birds have been living on this earth for over 65 million
years, they are a group of aquatic non flying birds that are usually found in the southern
hemisphere around Antarctica. They have evolved through the years to become highly adaptive
to their water life habitat, proving to be excellent swimmers with their wings which have evolved
into flippers. They mainly feed on krill, fish, squid and any other forms of sea life they can catch
underwater. These birds spend around 50% of their lives on land and the other 50% in the
Penguins have usually a big white belly with black wings and back, their feet and beaks are
normally orange. Although they may be quite wobbly on their feet there is no doubting their
athletic ability in the water. Diving penguins have been said to reach speeds of 17mph. Penguins
tend to live in large colonies rather than on their own.
Their main health risk is their natural habitats being destroyed, thanks to global warming. As
penguins live on the ice caps, each year thousands of penguins are dying as they have no
where for them to live. It is estimated in a national studio of the ice caps and penguins that by
year 2100, the penguin population will decrease by 95%, the odds of this happening are very
What can you do to help?
There are many ways we can help these wonderful birds by decreasing are carbon foot print;
riding a bike instead of driving a car to work, simple things like turning lights off when not using a
room, wait until you have a full load in your washing machine or dish washer to turn it on, hang
your clothes out to dry instead of using a tumble dryer, you could even plant a tree or 2 in your
The method we are hoping you will try today is to adopt a penguin, now I am not talking about
paying the WWF £3 a month and receiving a cuddly toy and picture of a random penguin, I am
talking about adopting a penguin and have them stay with you in your chalets. That’s crazy I
hear you say, hear are 3 reasons why you should adopt a penguin:
1. They need to be in a cold climate to survive, so what’s a better place than the Alps.
2. It is not a well known fact but it is a definite proven fact in penguin studies, that they
are the perfect animals to work as chalet hosts, they will cook 3 to 4 meals a day for
groups of guests that are in your chalets for their holidays, they are extremely clean
animals and have no problem cleaning large households such as mountain chalets, as
they live in large colonies they are very friendly, welcoming and kind to each other and
therefore can really make sure that your guest have a relaxed and enjoyable holiday.
3. Look how cute these penguins are….
Left: Which way is the South Pole?
Below: Penguins enjoying a sunset