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Penguins have their own awareness day, and they deserve it

Published: Thursday, January 21, 2016 @ 1:18 AM
Updated: Thursday, January 21, 2016 @ 1:18 AM
By: Samantha Crook

Jan. 20 was Penguin Awareness Day and there's a lot of cuteness to celebrate.

But sadly, more than half of penguin species are vulnerable or endangered.

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In all, there are about 17 species -- like the endangered yellow-eyed penguin, native to New Zealand and the African penguin.

Oil spills and overfishing of the African penguin's food supply are big threats to its survival, but the Georgia Aquarium has welcomed 24 baby African penguins since 2012 as part of the Species Survival Program.

It's hoping to raise a lot more.