Where do Penguins Live?
You can find penguins in captivity in every continent, however all known species of penguins live naturally in the southern hemisphere. Contrary to general belief, Penguins do not live only in extremely cold conditions. Outside Antarctica, Penguins usually inhabit desertic regions and rocky islands where there are not a large number of land predators, so their incapacity to fly is not an issue.
Their habitat range from the ice shelf on Antarctica, like the emperor penguin, to some temperate islands near the equator, like the Galapagos penguin. Also, there are penguins living in South Africa and Australia. The distribution could be viewed like this:
Species - Habitat
Subarctic islands, Tierra del Fuego, South Georgia Island.
Ross Sea Region in Antarctica.
South Sandwich Islands, Antarctica, South Orkneys, South Shetland, South Georgia Island, Bouvet, Balleny and Peter Islands.
Falkland, South Georgia, Kerguelen, South Shetland, Heard and Macquarie Islands and the Antarctic Peninsula.
Little Blue Penguin
Southern Australia, New Zealand, Chatham Islands and Tasmania. Some reports in Chile.
Northern Little Penguin
New Zealand, nesting only on Banks Peninsula and Motunau Island.
Southern cone of South America. Coastal south Argentina and south Chile including the Falkland Islands.
Coastal Peru and Chile in South America
African Penguin (Jackass Penguin)
South western coast of Africa.
Yellow Eyed Penguin
New Zealand in the South-east coast of South Island, Foveaux Strait and Stewart Island and Auckland and Campbell Islands.
Waitaha Penguin (Extinct)
Used to live in New Zealand
Fiorland coast and Stewart Island/Rakiura
New Zealand on the Snares Islands.
Southern Rockhopper Penguin
The American Southern Rockhopper Penguin lives in the Falkland Islands and islands off Argentina and southern Chile. The Indopacific Southern Rockhopper Penguin lives in islands of the Indian and western Pacific oceans.
Northern Rockhopper Penguin
Northern Rockhoppers breed on Tristan da Cunha and Gough Island in the south Atlantic Ocean, with the remainder found on St Paul Island and Amsterdam Island in the Indian Ocean.
Inhabits waters surrounding Antarctica and breed only on Macquarie Island