Adventure Aquarium to Host 9th Annual African Penguin Awareness Weekend

Guests to raise money for conservation and party with penguins this Labor Day Weekend, September 2-4!

Adventure Aquarium, in partnership with the Southern African Foundation for the Conservation of Coastal Birds (SANCCOB) and AZA SAFE: Saving Animals From Extinction, is proud to announce the 9th Annual African Penguin Awareness Weekend, a festival which creates awareness for endangered African Penguins in the wild.

During Labor Day Weekend, Saturday, September 2 through Monday, September 4, guests will enjoy a wide variety of penguin programming, including special behind the scenes encounters, an interactive penguin dance party and much more!

“We are excited to celebrate our ninth year hosting African Penguin Awareness Weekend,” said Michele Pagel, Curator of Birds and Mammals, Adventure Aquarium. “African penguins are endangered on the International Union for Conservation of Nature Red List of Threatened Species (IUCN). This weekend gives our African penguin colony and our team the chance to spread awareness for our conservation partners, SANCCOB and AZA SAFE, as well as invite our guests to help make a difference and save penguins in the wild.”

All donations made during the weekend will benefit penguins in the wild, including artificial nesting efforts and chick bolstering to help encourage successful breeding in their native South Africa.

 

AFRICAN PENGUIN AWARENESS WEEKEND PROGRAMMING

NEW! Special $99 Penguin Encounters – Go behind the scenes during this special Awareness Weekend Encounter, which includes meeting some of AAQ’s African penguins residents, one free photo with a penguin and a premade 5x7 penguin foot painting. Space is limited, guests are encouraged to book prior to the weekend by calling Group Sales at 800-616-JAWS (5297).

NEW! Penguin Dance Party – Guests are invited to dress in their black and white, penguin-inspired best and show off their moves in interactive dance sessions in the Rotunda (Zone B) throughout the day. Check show guide for times.

Perfectly-Penguin Feeds – Guests can observe biologists feed the penguins their favorite meal as well as learn from Penguin Experts as they explain the daily nutrition of the penguins and other fun facts. Feedings are held in Penguin Island and are free for all Adventure Aquarium guests. Arrive early to grab a spot, as this is a popular show for visitors. For the latest feed schedule times, head to adventureaquarium.com.

Behind-the-scenes Penguin Video – Visitors will get a unique inside perspective of a day in the life of the Adventure Aquarium penguin colony, including prepping their meals, receiving check-ups, molting, swimming, painting and much more.

Explore and Discover Penguin Artifacts – Guests will get a hands-on look at the various “biofacts” of African Penguins. Explore and discover African Penguin feathers, eggs, diet, vitamins, and much more as well as read informative displays about African Penguins, SANCCOB and AZA SAFE.

Penguin Adoptions – Guests can adopt an Adventure Aquarium penguin at The Gift Shop, with a portion of the proceeds benefitting SANCCOB. Find out more details on how to adopt a member of the colony!