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The Royal Penguin is a type of penguin Friend that debuted on the Kemono Friends' official website. She has since made a cameo appearance in the chapter 17 cover art of the Kemono Friends Manga and later appeared in the Kemono Friends anime as a major character.
In Real Life
The royal penguin lives in the waters around Antarctica, much like other species of penguin. Their most noteworthy feature is the yellow plume of feathers across the top of their head, as well as their large size compared to other penguins. For a while, royal penguins were thought to be the same species as the macaroni penguin, which sports a similar plume of feathers. However, it was discovered that royal penguin's faces are mostly white, while macaroni penguin's faces are totally black. 
Most royal penguins live on Macquarie Island, where no other species of penguins are known to reside. On Macquarie Island, the penguins form very large colonies, with one of the largest totaling at approximately 500,000 pairs. While foraging food, penguins can travel up to 600km away from Macquarie Island before returning in three week's time. 
Royal penguins eat krill, fish, and squid. They achieve this by diving to depths of approximately 50-150ft and chasing down their prey. By using their flippers and feet, they can reach swimming speeds of up to 20MPH, which makes them highly effective hunters.  If left unguarded, the chicks and eggs of the royal penguin can be taken by predatory birds, such as gulls and petrels. Once the penguin reaches adulthood, their only predators are water-based animals such as seals and orcas. 
- Royal penguins were once hunted by a man named Joseph Hatch for their fats in order to make lamp oil. However, in 1919, the Government of Australia forbade their poaching for oil and allowed the penguin population to recover. 
- Royal penguins lay two eggs, but the second, larger one is often the survivor and hatches first. If the first egg doesn't hatch at around the same time, it is kicked out of the nest.