Biologist feeding Penguins
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Join us , in Spanish onlybet36体育在线真的吗, as we waddle like penguins! Watch an Academy biologist feed our colony in our African Penguin exhibit and get your questions answered by a museum educator.

What happened during this Special Live Event

Academy's Spanish-speaking museum educator brought K-2 students into our African Penguin exhibit!

Students met and learn about the South African Penguin. By observing the penguins in our colony, students learned how penguins are similar to other birds and how their differences help them survive in their environment. Students explored what it is like to be a penguin by waddling and swimming like one, while investigating the habitat in which they live. Finally, students had the chance to ask their questions about penguins to Academy staff while watching the live colony.

This program is designed to be interactive in nature! bet36体育在线真的吗 Students had the opportunity to ask Academy museum educators via a chat box about their curiosities regarding penguins, the Academy's colony, and much more.

African penguins in the wild

bet36体育在线真的吗Though the Academy's penguin colony is healthy and growing, their wild relatives aren't faring as well. Based on major population declines (at least 90 percent over the 20th century), African penguins were designated as an endangered species in September 2010 by the IUCN and the USFWS. In 1930, there were roughly a million of these charmers in their native West African habitat, but penguin biologists now estimate that there are only about 25,000 African penguin pairs remaining in the wild.

The good news is that African penguins are finding a strong ally in the Species Survival Plan (SSP), a program sponsored by the California Academy of Sciences and 53 other zoos and scientific institutions in the U.S. and Canada. The SSP's goal is to ensure the long-term survival of a viable population of African penguins. Since 1983, numerous chicks hatched at the Academy have moved to other zoos and aquariums around the country in order to maximize long-term genetic diversity in the captive-bred population. That population acts as a reservoir for genetic diversity, and could eventually be used to bolster wild penguin populations.

Grades: Kindergarten - 3rd Grade
Program Duration: 30 minutes
Price: Free