Adventure Aquarium Hosts African Penguin Awareness Weekend

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Adventure Aquarium Hosts African Penguin Awareness Weekend

Nov 3, 2011

The African Penguin was recently reclassified from 'vulnerable' to 'endangered' on the International Union for the Conservation of Nature's Red List and there are now fewer than 26,000 breeding pairs of the penguins remaining, a number that has drastically dropped by more than 90% in the last 100 years.

The good news? As little as $1 can help rescue an African Penguin.

In support of these adorable, flightless feathered friends, Adventure Aquarium is encouraging penguin-enthusiasts to waddle on down to the Camden Waterfront on Saturday November 5th or Sunday November 6th to help support some of the cutest little tux-wearing tykes on the Planet!

African Penguin Awareness Day was initiated in 2009 by the Southern African Foundation for the Conservation of Coastal Birds (SANCCOB), a non-profit sea bird rehabilitation center based in Cape Town, South Africa that aims to conserve and protect South Africa's threatened sea birds. As an ongoing supporter of SANCCOB, Adventure Aquarium’s goal in hosting it very own “African Penguin Awareness Weekend” is to raise both funds and awareness in support of this loved, yet vulnerable, species.

African Penguin Awareness Weekend will include chances to:

• Meet an African Penguin during special, up-close penguin appearances and speak with biologists about these adorable sea birds.

• Take photos with an African Penguin during one of three daily photography sessions

• See and purcahse penguin artwork in a Gallery setting orginially created by Adventure Aquarium’s African Penguins.

• Learn more about Adventure Aquarium’s Penguin Adoption Program.

• Purchase your very own penguin footprint to sign and display for just $1.

The best part? A portion of the proceeds from the sale of Penguin Paintings and Penguin Adoptions, as well as the proceeds from the sale of penguin footprints, will go directly to support SANCCOB, which has helped treat more than 82,000 sick, injured, orphaned and oiled sea birds throughout the last four decades.

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