Audubon Aquarium of the Americas Celebrates Penguin Awareness Day Wednesday, January 20, 2016
Audubon Aquarium of the Americas is celebrating Penguin Awareness Day on Wednesday, January 20 to raise public awareness about the endangered species.
Guests can enjoy observing these birds in the Aquarium’s penguin habitat and also learn more about the Aquarium’s conservation efforts during up-close encounters at 11 a.m. and 2:30 p.m.
Audubon Aquarium of the Americas has hatched 54 penguins since opening in 1990. Penguin populations in the wild face enormous challenges, primarily because their food supply is overfished. This sobering fact underscores the importance of breeding efforts at Audubon and elsewhere.
"The penguin habitat and Backstage Penguin Pass are favorites for many of our visitors," said Audubon Aquarium Director Rich Toth. "We want guests to walk away from the Aquarium with a deeper appreciation for these animals and an awareness of the challenges they face in the wild. We hope our penguins will act as ambassadors for the natural world to educate and inspire future generations to take conservation actions."
Schedule of activities in front of penguin habitat:
10:30 a.m. & 3 p.m. - Penguin Feeds
11 a.m. - 2:30 p.m.- Meet a penguin and Q&A with a penguin keeper
Educational materials and penguin crafts throughout the day
Penguin enthusiasts across the country can also celebrate Penguin Awareness Day by viewing the Audubon Aquarium colony on Animal Planet L!VE’s PENGUIN CAM, where they can tune-in for live feedings twice a day at 10:30 a.m. and 4 p.m. CST and join the weekly penguin chats on Thursdays at 3 p.m. CST. Animal Planet L!VE has worked with the Aquarium for more than two years, providing unparalleled access to the animal kingdom through live cameras and with behind-the-scenes facts about the endangered species and the Aquarium’s preservation efforts. To learn more about Animal Planet L!VE, please visit www.apl.tv.
Audubon Aquarium of the Americas - Advance tickets are recommended and can be purchased by visiting AudubonInstitute.org or at any Audubon Nature Institute attractions. Audubon Aquarium of the Americas is located at 1 Canal Street, New Orleans, LA 70130.