Be A Hero

Here are some links to awesome organizations that are accepting donations to aid with helping penguins and other wildlife around the world. Be a hero and donate today!

Dollar Donation Club


It may seem as if the little we do makes no impact, but the Dollar Donation Club reminds us that every dollar makes a difference. $1 USD can eliminate 30 credit cards worth of plastic removal from the oceans! That is about 150 grams (over 5 ounces) of plastic in weight and over a flat area that covers 5,457 millimeters (almost 215 inches)! That’s actually a lot of plastic removal goodness if you think about it. The Dollar Donation Club is on an amazing quest to remove 1,000,000 pounds of ocean plastic! Specifically aiming to remove ghost nets by tagging them so that sailors and islanders can pick up the nets for proper disposal. These nets are extremely harmful to ocean life and we at Surrounded By Penguins are so glad that so many people want to do something to remove them.

Penguins International


Penguins International is dedicated to penguin conservation and research to help understand the issues that penguins face and how we can join together to protect the future of these amazing creatures. We work hard with our various penguin conservation and research projects to advance this mission.

I got one of their awesome campaign shirts as a gift for my life anniversary from my wife. It features a inked out SVG sort of graphic of a king penguin off set to the right. This was the inspiration for putting the Galapagos Penguin designs on some of the shirts to the side too. Of course my wife wishes she got one of the Penguins International shirts for herself too.

The Yellow-Eyed Penguin Trust


The Yellow-eyed Penguin Trust is a long established non-governmental organization with a specific focus on the conservation of hoiho across its range.

We ensure the survival of hoiho by managing birds and their habitat, and addressing impacts in the marine and terrestrial environments.

The yellow-eyed penguin / hoiho Megadyptes antipodes

Status: nationally endangered (NZ classification 2016)

The UK Antarctic Heritage Trust


Their home page states “We preserve historic buildings and artifacts in Antarctica to help current and future generations discover, understand, value and protect this precious wilderness. At Port Lockroy, Base A, we welcome visitors throughout the Austral summer to explore the Museum, visit the most southerly Post Office, observe the penguin colony and share the wonders of the white continent’s history. Along with our ambitious arts, education and events programme, we bring together people from around the world to learn about Antarctica’s past, present and future.”

You can also Adopt a Penguin through them!


Your adoption will support the monitoring of the colony and conservation on site at Port Lockroy. With your help, we can protect areas of the island from human interaction and continue studying the breeding success of the Gentoos every year. As a charity we are dependent on donations and every gift, adoption and membership helps to support our activity both in Antarctica and around the world.

Of course you can help by by also joining their cause, donating, or purchasing items in their shop!


Birch Aquarium at Scripps, UC San Diego

The Executive Penguin is in the process of interviewing to become a volunteer at the Birch Aquarium! And guess what the Birch Aquarium at Scripps has!!! Little Blue Penguins!!! Although the exhibit is not open yet, it will be very very soon! I’m so excited!


Birch Aquarium at Scripps is the public exploration center for the world-renowned Scripps Institution of Oceanography at University of California San Diego.

Perched on a bluff overlooking the Pacific Ocean, Birch Aquarium features more than 60 habitats of fishes and invertebrates from the cold waters of the Pacific Northwest to the tropical waters of Mexico and beyond. An oceanographic museum showcases research discoveries by Scripps Oceanography scientists on climate, earth, and ocean science and includes interactive elements.