Galapagos Penguins

galapagos penguin

Galapagos Penguins

Galapagos Penguins

Why They're Cool: Think of penguins and you probably picture ice, snow and frigid weather, but here in the Galapagos you'll find the world's only tropical penguins. They're small -- just 14 inches tall -- and typically spotted on the rocky coastlines of Fernandina and Isabela islands. Unfortunately, their population is endangered; because they reproduce slowly, they have a hard time recovering from the islands' occasional El Nino weather events (which bring warm, less nutrient-rich waters).

Where to See Them: Fernandina, Isabela, Bartolome, Floreana