Countries with Wild Penguins

In just two minutes, name the 13 countries where penguins still exist in the wild.
Source: www.theworldgeography.com
Species count includes native penguins, as well as those that are rare, accidental or vagrant visitors.
The shaded answer is an overseas territory. Typing either the territory or its owner will work
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Last updated: September 5, 2018
First submittedOctober 11, 2014
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Species
Country
11
Australia
10
Chile
7
New Zealand
7
Argentina
5
UK (Falklands)
4
South Africa
4
Brazil
Species
Country
3
Uruguay
2
Ecuador
2
Peru
2
Namibia
1
Angola
1
Mozambique
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Level 82
Nov 22, 2015
No Madagascar?
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Level 62
Nov 22, 2015
Interestingly, a lone Southern Rockhopper penguin - 1500 miles from home - turned up in Madagascar in January 1956, according to this National Geographic article. That seems to be the sole example, though (other than the DreamWorks cartoon kind, of course).
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Level 76
Nov 23, 2015
Kowalski...get me more information...
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Level 73
Nov 26, 2015
Just smile and wave boys...
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Level 66
Aug 16, 2017
You didn't see anything...... right?!
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Level 70
Sep 2, 2021
Sounds like a rare, accidental, vagrant penguin to me. Maybe revise the instructions or something?
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Level 74
Nov 25, 2015
Great idea for a quiz!
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Level 74
Sep 2, 2021
I still think it's a great idea for a quiz! And I got 'em all this time. I have been schooled in penguins. Or rather, waddled.
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Level 44
Dec 1, 2015
Got 8/12, missing most of the south american countries. Aside from Chile and Argentina (and those two countries do get darn close to the antarctic ocean at their very southern ends) I didn't think there were penguins that far north!
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Level 75
Jan 21, 2016
The sea on the west coast of South America is really, really cold - must be a current direct from Antarctica - so penguins in Ecuador are plausible (though I only guessed that answer cos I ran out of southern countries to try).
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Level 52
Feb 6, 2016
The Galapagos islands are part of Ecuador, and that is where the pinguins are.
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Level 33
Apr 25, 2019
There is a species of penguin called the Galapagos Penguin, which coincidentally live on and near the Galapagos Islands, which are part of Ecuador.
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Level 27
Mar 30, 2020
The most probable reason to why Ecuador is on there is (as the others said) because of Ecuador's Galapagos Penguin.
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Level 72
Sep 2, 2021
It's because the Galapagos Islands have penguins and they're part of Ecuador, so that's why it makes the list.

(in case someone missed the 3 previous explanations)

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Level 71
Sep 2, 2021
So you're saying there are pinguins in Ecuador? On the Galapagos Islands?
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Level 61
Sep 2, 2021
I have swam with the Penguins at the Galapagos Islands. Only Penguins that live north of the equator!
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Level 82
Jan 12, 2016
How about UK? i.e. Falkland Islands.
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Level 62
Jan 15, 2016
Good point - sorry to have missed that out, as they have five species of penguins. Submitted an update.
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Level 75
Jan 21, 2016
In that case, also Adélie Land (France - hence Adélie Penguins) and Queen Maud Land (Norway)?
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Level 67
Feb 12, 2016
Err...
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Level 22
Jun 7, 2021
Those lands fall under the Antarctic treaty, so they don't really count, while kerguelen islands / Crozet islands (France) and Bouvet Island (Norway) does count
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Level 75
Jan 21, 2016
OK, Kowalski, another question for you: How do the penguin census takers decide if a penguin is accidental or vagrant? "That one looks like riff-raff, must be a vagrant; this scruffy one over here - clearly present accidentally; but this fine, well mannered immaculately groomed specimen is clearly, well, a non-accidental non-vagrant." Whatever you call those.
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Level 63
Feb 10, 2016
If I got this from the source correctly breeding plays a role. Some species seem just to breed elsewhere. That probably makes the difference between native and vagrant penguins. Other than that I'm guessing it's observation or residues left as "evidence". Accidental is probably as easy as finding a single penguin or few penguins somewhere where they have never been seen before which is unlikely as they usually live in larger groups. Maybe they broke out of a zoo like the penguins in the movie Madagascar. That's just what I'm thinking.
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Level 87
Sep 29, 2018
Ones who mate anywhere they go, don't care who they do it in front of? Now that sounds like vagrants.
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Level 77
Jan 24, 2016
Educational. Thank you.
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Level 68
Feb 10, 2016
This is weird, I live in Uruguay. It's pretty small. Yet I've never seen a wild penguin, where are they?
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Level 63
Feb 10, 2016
Ironically, I live in the UK which is also pretty small, and I've seen a wild Uruguayan. He's called Luis Suarez.
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Level 90
Feb 10, 2016
Please remember to take care in handling and observation of this specimen. Like many wild creatures, he bites. :)
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Level 50
Feb 10, 2016
Suarez. The best. After Messi.
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Level 64
May 1, 2016
Correction: Suarez. The best smile* After Messi
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Level 58
Feb 11, 2016
Given that they are mostly marine animals, it will be in the sea... Anyway, according to Google there was a case in 2011 when 600 dead Magellan pinguins washed up on the Uruguayan shore.
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Level 50
Jul 19, 2018
Perhaps there have been some occasional lost ones there
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Level 64
Feb 10, 2016
bouvet island has the famous Macaroni Penguin. bouvet island is Norwegian and is placed south south west of South Africa
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Level 87
Feb 10, 2016
Well I did a lot better on this quiz than I expected to. Only missed the last three.
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Level 51
Feb 10, 2016
I've had the opportunity to go see the wild penguins off robin island in south africa. Very cool experience. :)
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Level 67
Sep 2, 2021
In which case you should know that it is Robben Island
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Level 61
Sep 2, 2021
Strangely I have never been asked if I could spell a location before they let me visit.
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Level 67
Sep 2, 2021
But you would normally know after you have visited
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Level 74
Sep 2, 2021
You might be having so much fun you forgot to worry about it. Or English is not your first language, and perhaps you're even transliterating to boot. Personally I've never been asked before or after visiting anywhere to spell it.

"Should" and "normal" are two boring hammers that I normally eschew...and chewing hammers is not remotely scintillating.

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Level 70
Feb 10, 2016
I only ended up with 12 and just typed in answers till i got the 13th. I went and double checked your source you listed and they only list 12 countries, and not surprisingly, didn't mention the one I was missing either. I would remove the source as it is not accurate.
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Level 63
Feb 13, 2016
France should've been in this list aswell! They have the French oversees territories called 'TAAF' (Terres Atlantiques et Australes Françaises), which includes the Kerguelen for example, where you can find penguïns.
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Level 65
Feb 13, 2016
The Falklands got me. But when it is thousands of miles from the main UK, does it count then?
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Level 67
Nov 18, 2016
Got them all. But then, I live in NZ, so have seen them around the place. And in Australia.
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Level 60
Apr 21, 2017
Can you except South Geogria for the UK as that territory also has penguins.
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Level 60
Apr 21, 2017
Georgia I mean.
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Level 76
Apr 25, 2019
Yes, the British Overseas Territory of South Georgia and the South Sandwich Islands also contain wild penguins.
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Level 67
Feb 14, 2018
Surprised about Ecuador and Peru!
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Level 76
Apr 25, 2019
Haven't you heard of Galapagos penguins?
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Level 72
Dec 24, 2020
Yeah but having a hard time visualizing penguins roaming through Machu Picchu.
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Level 33
May 29, 2018
I didn't realize that the Galapagos Islands were part of Ecuador. Also I thought there was Madagascar?
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Level 56
Mar 13, 2019
And Kergelen?
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Level 53
Mar 22, 2019
What about Greenland
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Level 67
Apr 25, 2019
Ummm...
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Level 87
Apr 25, 2019
Did they do a house swap with polar bears on airbandb?
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Level 31
Apr 25, 2019
Actually

1. Greenland is part of the kingdom of Denmark

2. Those are polar bears think of it like this:

Polar bears are up north, and Penguins are down south.

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Level 74
Sep 11, 2020
Reminds me of that joke: Q: why don't polar bears eat penguins? A: Because they can't get the wrappers off.
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Level 71
Apr 25, 2019
Kerguelen Islands of France are home to millions of penguins. Bouvet Island of Norway also has penguins.
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Level 76
Apr 25, 2019
Wow, millions!
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Level 71
Apr 25, 2019
Kerguelen and Bouvet were already mentioned in the comments three years ago. If Falklands are included, why not the others?
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Level 71
Apr 25, 2019
Then we have Gabon, "accidental or vagrant" jackass penguins aren't that uncommon over there.
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Level 50
Apr 25, 2019
Norway is missing. Bouvet Island and Island of Peter 1 are Norwegian islands in the South Atlantic Ocean. Bouvet is home to Macaroni penguin and, to a lesser extent, Chinstrap penguin and Adélie penguin. Chinstrap and Adélie visit Peter 1 regularly, as does other types of penguin.
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Level 31
Apr 25, 2019
I was surprised there is no Madagascar or Norway because they have islands near Antarctica but I still got the all correct. Anyways, nice quiz
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Level 65
Apr 25, 2019
I have a couple questions. 1: Do areas like the Norwegian and French territories in the Antarctic ocean as well as other British territories such as South Georgia or Gough Island have a different status than the Falkland Islands? I'm at a loss as to why they don't make this list. 2: If accidental/vagrant visitors are included, as the caveat suggests, why is Madagascar not amongst the correct answers? OP even provided a source above. Other countries that should be on here include Congo and Gabon, see https://www.biologicaldiversity.org/species/birds/penguins/African_penguin.html
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Level 46
Dec 15, 2019
I decided to do all South America countries for fun and it worked. Lol. I never thought of a random idea that could actually work.
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Level 25
Apr 3, 2020
kind of surprised Lesotho isn't there because South Africa is and Lesotho is inside it
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Level 67
May 17, 2020
Penguins don’t really travel over land and Lesotho isn’t coastal
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Level 67
Sep 2, 2021
Yep. Bearing in mind it is around 550km from Lesotho to the sea and the fact that penguins can't fly, it is one hell of a waddle
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Level 74
Sep 2, 2021
One Hell of a Waddle would be a great penguin road trip movie.
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Level 67
May 17, 2020
I think France should be here because of reunion and desolation islands
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Level 74
Sep 11, 2020
To avoid all arguments (as if), you should exclude overseas territories.
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Level 33
Sep 16, 2020
got all of them in the first try
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Level 71
Oct 10, 2020
Wait, what about sleet and blizzard?
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Level 39
Nov 4, 2020
What about France?

They have at least 4 species of penguins (4 and 3 subspecies of rockhopper penguin) and half the world's king penguins breed on the Crozet Islands (this is excluding Antarctic claims as with the other countries on the list)

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Level 53
Nov 28, 2020
Namibia!! Some penguins obviously like a bit of heat...
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Level 67
Sep 2, 2021
The Benguela current that runs up Namibia's coast is really cold, it comes directly from Antarctica. The Namibian penguins are on offshore islands and overheating can be a problem. In the days of guano mining the penguins couldn't dig burrows and some died of heat exhaustion.
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Level 66
Jan 27, 2021
What about Norway? It has (among others) Bouvet Island, where penguins live.
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Level 41
Mar 19, 2021
As hard as it may be to picture penguins in Brazil, I still typed it in third xD
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Level 54
May 6, 2021
the Falklands, one of the British Overseas Territories are not part of the UK.
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Level 51
Aug 16, 2021
I know there are penguins in the pacific coast of south america, up to ecuador, but i really have a hard time believing uruguay has penguins, and 3 species of them. its just too flat and the waters are too human crowded
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Level 65
Sep 2, 2021
Add Norway and France or get rid of UK
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Level 70
Sep 2, 2021
Either a) ditch the UK or b) include France and Norway, otherwise the quiz is very inconsistent, since France and Norway both have far more penguins than the UK if you include overseas territories, and none of them have wild penguins at all if you don't.
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Level 33
Sep 2, 2021
only got the 7 south americans and south africa
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Level 65
Sep 2, 2021
How many species in Antarctica? It would be nice to have that included as a pre-filled answer.
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Level 55
Sep 2, 2021
There are 2
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Level 55
Feb 3, 2022
I'm pretty sure there's also penguins in Kerguelen and other southern french territories.
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Level 22
May 18, 2022
penguins are my favourite animal and finished it with 18 seconds left. phew!