Penguin Awareness Day & New Wildlife Jewels Painting Sneak Peek

on January 19, 2022

FashWand by Azi Penguin 

Penguin Awareness Day and New Wildlife Jewels Collection Inspired by Penguins

Sharing behind the scenes from a quick drawing sketch to celebrate Penguin Awareness Day. And a new FashWand wildlife jewels Penguin collection of fashion and décor is in progress!

About Penguins:

Penguins are a family of 18 species of birds that live primarily in the Southern Hemisphere. From the incredible tiny blue penguins of Australia and New Zealand, to the majestic emperor penguins of Antarctica and king penguins found on many sub- Antarctic islands, the endangered African penguin and the Galápagos penguin—the only penguin to be found north of the equator.

Some amazing facts about Penguins:

Their black body with white belly helps them camouflage in the water as they look for food such as shrimp, fish, crabs and squid.

Penguins can fly underwater as well as any fish. Instead of wings, they have flippers that can propel their streamlined bodies up to 15 miles per hour through the sea in pursuit of a meal.

The worlds smallest penguins are just over 30cm high on their flippers, they are called the Little Blue Penguins.

Biomimicry: The technology used by engineers to reduce drag in water and speed the movement of ships and torpedoes is inspired by Penguins.

Penguins have an amazing ability to launch themselves out of the water, like little torpedoes.  "Some species are able to “fly” up to 17 ft per second and soar up to 9 feet in the air before landing safely on the ice. The penguin is able to do this with the help of “air lubrication,” created by manipulating the air trapping properties of its feathers to form a “coat” of bubbles around its body."  The Biomimicry Institute. 

Discover more about penguin inspired micro-bubble drag reduction at ScienceDirect

Amazing Emperor penguins inspiration for clothing material and fabrics. Nordicbiomimicry

Penguins need our help:

Penguin numbers have dropped by almost 60%  with some colonies losing as much as 77% of their population since they were last counted in the early 1970s

Climate change, commercial fishing, and oil spills are some of the major and growing threats to penguins.

Commercial fishing in the Southern Ocean region can force many penguin species to compete for the fish they eat. The practice can also lead to accidental capture and drowning in fishing nets.

Oil spills have had severe effects on the health of individual colonies of penguins, as well as their foraging habitats.

In addition tourism-related pressures, such as foot traffic and litter, can encroach on penguin colonies and nesting sites.

Discover more about major threats to penguins and some ways you can help here.

Do you have any thoughts on how innovative technologies, new policies, or any other transformational strategies that can help save the Penguins? We would love to hear from you. Contact Us!

Stay tuned for the Wildlife Jewels collection of fashion and décor inspired by the beautiful Penguin!


Discover the Wildlife Jewels Collection.

FashWand® by Azi Penguin Awareness Day


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