Where in the world?

Can you name a place where a flock of these …

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Might be seen grazing alongside a flock of THESE?

Photo by Ben Tubby via Wikimedia Commons

Kooky, right?

Here’s a hint from Modern Farmer: “Home to around 3,000 people and roughly half-a-million sheep, [this] British territory is a major wool producer. Besides being one of the only places in the world where sheep and penguins routinely share pasture, [this place] bears the distinction as the nation with the highest percentage of certified organic land.”

If you’re thinking New Zealand …

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You’re close—well, hemispherically speaking, anyway—but no cigar, sister.

The location where sheep and cattle share space with penguins (and occasional beached sea lions) is some 5,200 ocean miles east of New Zealand, just around the tip of South America’s Cape Horn:

Image courtesy of Eric Gaba via Wikipedia

The Falkland Islands.

“You’ll see sheep walking right through the middle of the penguin colony, and the penguins don’t even turn a head,” Falkland farmer Mike Rendell told Modern Farmer with a chuckle. “You don’t see a cow going up and licking a penguin or anything like that, they just get on with their own lives. They don’t seem to have any issues at all.”

Plan a farm stay in this unusual destination at FalklandIslands.com.

  1. Joan H. says:

    I love trivia! This is interesting to me, thanks! I would have never guessed.

  2. Winnie Nielsen says:

    This is so interesting! I have never really heard anything about the Faulkland Islands before. With it ‘s remoteness, it must be beautifully untouched by over development.

  3. Karlyne says:

    5,200 miles east of New Zealand, huh? That’s a whole lotta water…

  4. Ah MaryJane, I see you are following my advice and reading Modern Farmer, my favorite guilty pleasure after your blog here.
    Yeah I really got a kick out of the penguins and sheep thing together. When I was sailing near there and eventually through the Magellan straits, I saw all the penguins I ever need to see for an entire lifetime !!

    My sister was in NOAA and was stationed in Antarctica for 2 years! She got sick of penguins too.

  5. Krista says:

    I would never expect to see a flock of penguins alongside a flock of sheep. Whenever I think of penguins I think of snow, ice, and freezing weather, not grassy lands. This is an interesting find! I also haven’t heard anything about the Falkland Islands. I bet it’s a beautiful place.

    • Karlyne says:

      The only reason I know of the Falklands is because of the war which happened between the U.K. and Argentina about 30 years ago! I think it looks like a great place to visit

  6. Denise says:

    We learn something new everyday. I would have never thought that sheep, cows and penguins would ever reside in the same area together.

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