Their adorable appearance makes penguins one of the most beloved creatures in the animal kingdom and new figures show hundreds of people would love their own penguin.
The flightless birds are the most popular choice for the Royal Zoological Society of Scotland's 'adoption scheme' and also claimed second and third place in a survey.
In the last 12 months, 180 people adopted a King penguin, 106 a Gentoo penguin and 99 a Rockhopper penguin.
The fans' choice: King penguins were the most popular animal for Scottish 'adoption schemes' last year
The black-and-white birds have graced the silver screen in films such as March of the Penguins and became an online hit last year thanks to a live webcam of the Gentoo enclosure at Edinburgh Zoo.
And the Happy Feet flappers' popularity with animal lovers has been confirmed by the RZSS's latest research.
The RZSS lets people sponsor a creature at zoos and wildlife park for a year through its adoption scheme.
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Money raised through the scheme goes towards the general care and upkeep of the animals, and can pay for things like food, veterinary care and heating the enclosures.
Tracy Hope, Acting Development Manager said: 'Animal Adoption is a great way to support RZSS. Our animals need care 365 days a year, and by adopting an animal you can contribute to this.'
At the Highland Wildlife Park near Kingussie in the Highlands the polar bear was the top choice for sponsors, with 111 adopting one. Source
The Penguin Camera is located on Torgersen Island (64°46’S, 64°04’W), off the coast of Anvers Island and less than a mile from Palmer Station. Torgersen Island is home to a colony of Adélie penguins numbering approximately 2,500. This camera is seasonal and operates primarily from October to February, the Adélie breeding season. The camera is solar-powered and may sometimes experience brief outages due to inclement weather. School classrooms and other educational demonstrations will often take control of the camera, moving it to gain better views of the colony.
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