9th Annual African Penguin Awareness Weekend a win for conservation
Adventure Aquarium’s largest-ever group of African penguins hosted an awesome end of summer party for a great cause this past Labor Day Weekend. The 9th annual African Penguin Awareness Weekend featured perfectly penguin programming, special behind the scenes Encounters and more as guests donated $12,840.29 to help save penguins in the wild. Since the fundraising event began in 2009, Adventure Aquarium guests have raised over $45,000 for African penguin conservation.
“I would like to thank our guests and staff, who came together to raise conservation awareness and support for such a worthy cause,” said Michele Pagel, Curator for Birds and Mammals at Adventure Aquarium. “Our African penguins serve as important ambassadors for their species and were vital to the success of this weekend. We are so proud to connect families with a greater connection to conservation awareness.”
Thousands of guests participated in the weekend’s three-day conservation event and supported the cause in a variety of ways, including purchasing unique paintings created by members of the penguin colony and custom-designed t-shirts as well as participating in special Penguin Encounters and other activities. The Penguin Island residents also got in on the fun as they waddled and played in the water throughout the weekend.
Donations 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 to preserve the endangered African penguin species in the wild. The donation will go toward AZA SAFE’s artificial nest box project, SANCCOB’s South African penguin hospital, chick bolstering, oil spill assistance and other needs.
Adventure Aquarium will host its final conservation-focused weekend in 2017 as sea turtles take center stage during Sea Turtle Awareness Weekend (Columbus Day Holiday Weekend, October 7-9). For more information on upcoming events, visit AdventureAquarium.com.
ABOUT ADVENTURE AQUARIUM
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. It is 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 daily. For more information, visit AdventureAquarium.com.