Adventure Aquarium Announces Results from Historic African Penguin Awareness Weekend

Record-Breaking $16,441.86 Donation to Help Penguins in the Wild;
Name Me Maybe? Clutchmate Names Announced

The results are in!  Adventure Aquarium’s African penguin colony spent the weekend raising money for wild penguins and it concluded on a perfectly positive note.  A record-setting donation total of $16,441.86 was collected during the Aquarium’s 8th annual African Penguin Awareness Weekend, held during the Labor Day holiday weekend. 

Adventure Aquarium matched all guest donations dollar-for-dollar to reach the grand total which was over four times greater than the highest amount raised in 2014.  100% of the proceeds collected from the weekend will benefit the Southern African Foundation for the Conservation of Coastal Birds (SANCCOB) and AZA SAFE: Saving Animals From Extinction, with both organizations helping penguins in the wild. 

“It is truly inspiring to see our guests and staff come together to raise conservation awareness and support for such a worthy cause,” said Vince Nicoletti, Executive Director and Vice President, Adventure Aquarium. “Our African penguins served as important ambassadors and were integral to the success of this weekend. They reinforced the connection between our animals here at Adventure Aquarium and their wild counterparts.  Whether penguins, hippos, sharks or sea turtles, we are proud to connect families with a greater connection to conservation awareness.”

In addition, after months of voting, the official names of the Aquarium’s clutchmates, the youngest members of the African penguin colony and recently revealed to be a male and female, were announced as “Pickles” and “Beaker.”  After careful consideration, the female will be “Pickles” and the male will be called “Beaker.”  The young penguins joined the colony on exhibit just in time for the start of the African Penguin Awareness Weekend.

“The response from our visitors during our Name Me Maybe? voting contest was tremendous and the final vote totals were extremely close,” said Michele Pagel, Curator of Birds and Mammals, Adventure Aquarium. “Our team is excited to be able to call the clutchmates by their official names and we thank all those who participated for helping name them and donating to such a worthy cause.”

Adventure Aquarium looks forward to the final conservation awareness weekend in 2016: Sea Turtle Awareness Weekend (Columbus Day Holiday Weekend, October 8-10).  For more information on upcoming events, visit


Adventure Aquarium is just minutes from downtown Philadelphia on the Camden Waterfront and features one-of-a-kind exhibits with more than 8,500 aquatic species throughout two million gallons of water.  The Aquarium is home to the largest collection of sharks on the East Coast, including the only great hammerhead shark on exhibit in the United States as well as two rare scalloped hammerhead sharks, the only aquarium in the world to exhibit hippos, one of only six facilities in the US to have Little Blue penguins as permanent residents and exhibits the longest Shark Bridge in the world, a unique V-shaped rope suspension bridge just inches over Shark Realm. Adventure Aquarium is an accredited member of the Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA), and is held to the absolute highest standards in animal care and exhibition. Open 365 days a year, from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.  For more information, visit