“It’s practically impossible to look at a penguin and feel angry”- Joel Moore
The shiny black and pristine white classic combination surreally reminds us of a tuxedo. Yes, the fabled bird in a tux feels like the epitome of all things illusory. What adds to the penguin-lore is their surviving sub zero temperatures and strong gusty winds, diving into a depth of 1600 feet or thereabouts, holding their breath for more than 15 minutes, and surviving without food for weeks. Now this is virtually an impossible feat! But then again, penguins are extraordinary creatures, and make the implausible look ordinary.
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"In the Spiffy world, our mascot is a penguin", says Grayson Leverenz, V.P. of Marketing. Homonymously called Spiffy, she lives in Cabo Virgenes, on the border between Chile and Argentina in South America.
How did Spiffy find Spiffy the Penguin?
The law of attraction, simply put. Smart creatures gravitate towards each other. Adopting a penguin and choosing it to be Spiffy's mascot was a natural progression of two intelligent brands forging their bond.
Contrary to popular belief, penguins are not “polarized” creatures but can be found in large numbers in warmer climates like Australia and Argentina. The colony Spiffy belongs to lies on the northern shore of the Straits of Magellan which connects the Pacific Ocean to the Atlantic Ocean. They are ancient birds who have been living in the Magellan Straits for thousands of years before they were discovered by Portuguese explorer, Ferdinand Magellan. Magellanic Penguins are naturally curious and have excellent eyesight. They are noted for their even-keeled temperament.
They grow to a height of two to two-and-a-half feet and weigh between six and fifteen pounds when fully grown. Their closest relatives are the the Galápagos, Humboldt, and the African Penguins.
Penguin Trivia: Did you know penguins can verbalize to recognize each other? Each penguin’s voice is as distinct as a human fingerprint.
Penguin researcher, Mike Bingham, who looks after the well-being of Spiffy and gives regular updates from the habitat mentions, “Our adoption program is very different from other programs. Ours is the only program that assigns each person their own animal. The reason our program is so unique is because it is very difficult to do. Offering a choice of ten animals, and sending out the same photo to every adoptee that adopts each of the ten animals is very easy. Over here, we send a different photo to every single person and that takes a lot of time.”
At the Spiffy WWHQ in North Carolina, everyone cares for Spiffy's well-being and knows she in good hands. We hope you enjoyed this visual journey of the ancient Magellanic penguins with us. We will continue to update you on Spiffy once she lays eggs and has babies.
Spiffy, the penguin, in her habitat. Photo Courtesy: Mike Bingham
It is a privilege to adopt Spiffy and penguins like her because Magellanic penguins are listed as Near Threatened by the IUCN (International Union for the Conservation of Nature. At the animal-friendly Spiffy WWHQ in North Carolina, one and all are committed to safeguard this species from being extinct. In recent times threats to Magellanic penguins include over-fishing of anchovies, habitat destruction, and pollution. Due to their winter migration from Brazil to reach their breeding grounds in Chile, Magellanic penguins are known to get submerged in oil as they swim through high traffic shipping pathway in the ocean.
We hope we can save this ancient species of rare and precious penguins from extinction by creating awareness. Symbolically adopting a penguin allows scientists and researchers to continue studying penguins. This allows us to help!
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