Chilean Patagonia is home to Isla Magdalena which is a small island located in the Strait of Magellan. The island is home to about 60,000 breeding pairs of Magellanic Penguins. They are a medium size penguin with a black and white fur coat.
The Magellanic penguin is named after the Portuguese explorer, Ferdinand Magellan, who discovered them in 1520.
The island is easily accessible by ferry and makes for an excellent day trip from Punta Arenas, Chile. The penguins are very clumsy and thus very, very cute. Such a memorable experience to see them in their natural habitat. Many of us have seen penguins in zoos, but there is nothing like seeing them “in their home”.
The population of Magellanic Penguins may seem rather large, given that they live in large groups, but they are classified as a “threatened species”.
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