While it may be Friday the 13th, it’s also African Penguin Awareness Day, and there’s nothing scary about that! We surprised some moms and their newborns at Northside Hospital in Atlanta with soft, cuddly penguin plushes to celebrate these incredible birds and these babies born on African Penguin Awareness Day. Our partnership with Northside Hospital, the leading delivery hospital in the country, allows us to give back and help inspire a new generation of future conservationists.

African penguin populations have dropped 60 percent in the last 30 years and the species is now considered endangered. Georgia Aquarium assists the Southern African Foundation for the Conservation of Coastal Birds (SANCCOB) in Cape Town, South Africa with African penguin rescue, rehabilitation, and release. The Aquarium has also successfully hatched more than 25 penguin chicks since joining the Association of Zoos and Aquarium’s Species Survival Plan in 2012. For more information on our efforts, click here: bit.ly/CTpenguins

Keep scrolling below to see the big day:

Mother, Newborn and Penguin
Newborn and Penguin 2
Northside Hospital Nursing Staff
Parents, Newborn and Penguin 2
Newborn and Penguin 1
Northside Hospital Nursing Students
Parents, Newborn and Penguin 1