New Orleans: The Audubon Aquarium of the Americas knows just how important penguins are. To celebrate these amazing animals, they’re getting ready to host day-long events and activities on Penguin Awareness Day, January 20.
Guests can enjoy up close encounters at 11:00 a.m. and 2:30 p.m. and learn more about the aquarium’s conservation efforts for endangered species.
Since Audubon Aquarium first opened its doors in 1990, a whopping 54 penguins have hatched in their care. Breeding efforts of this magnitude are critical for penguins as these birds face huge challenges in the wild. Penguins are fighting for survival due to depleted food sources from over-fishing.
On January 20, you’ll experience penguin feeding sessions at 10:30 a.m. and 3:00 p.m., an animal encounter and a Q&A session with a keeper at 11:00 a.m. and 2:30 p.m. as well as educational materials and penguin crafts throughout the day. You can even go behind the scenes with a Penguin Pass.
The core of conservation awareness starts with education. Aquarium Director Rich Toth said, “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.”