ATLANTA (May 17, 2016) – Don’t be surprised to see a penguin walking by next time you visit Georgia Aquarium! As part of the 10th anniversary celebration, Georgia Aquarium will introduce a new experience for guests – the Waddle Walk.
During the Waddle Walk animal care experts who are a part of the penguin care team will lead several African penguins on a guided walk through the Aquarium’s atrium, allowing guests to see this amazing species up close. Guests can see the Waddle Walk every day at 10:45 a.m. and select afternoons at 4:45 p.m. A brief educational presentation about African penguins and an appearance by Aquarium spokespenguin, George Waddlesworth, will take place prior to the event. The presentation is included with Aquarium general admission.
The Waddle Walk is yet another way to further engage Georgia Aquarium guests with the goal of inspiring them to care about the plight of this endangered species and educating them on the Aquarium’s preservation efforts. This new experience will launch on Endangered Species Day, May 20, and will kick off a weekend of events to observe endangered species at Georgia Aquarium. Endangered Species Day activities are a way for Aquariums guests to see and learn about endangered species found throughout the Aquarium’s galleries in a new way, and provide information about how to help conservation efforts at home. All Endangered Species Day activities are included with Aquarium general admission.
Georgia Aquarium participates in the African penguin Species Survival Plan (SSP) coordinated by the Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA). This plan promotes genetic diversity and cooperative management to encourage a sustainable population in North American zoological facilities. African penguins are also a featured species of AZA’s Saving Animals From Extinction (SAFE) program, which focuses on saving species in the wild.
In 2009, the Aquarium began a partnership with the South African Foundation for the Conservation of Coastal Birds (SANCCOB), a hands-on rehabilitation center in South Africa. The partnership conducted a first-ever health assessment of penguin populations found naturally on South African islands. Aquarium veterinary staff also helped with the treatment and survival of hundreds of abandoned or orphaned penguin chicks. Georgia Aquarium has donated over $170,000 to this important program that is protecting African penguins.
For more information about Georgia Aquarium’s Endangered Species Day weekend activities and to purchase tickets, www.georgiaaquarium.org.
ABOUT GEORGIA AQUARIUM
Georgia Aquarium in Atlanta is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization that contains more than 10 million gallons of water and has the largest collection of aquatic animals. Georgia Aquarium’s mission is to be a scientific institution that entertains and educates, features exhibits and programs of the highest standards, and offers engaging and exciting guest experiences that promote the conservation of aquatic biodiversity throughout the world. Georgia Aquarium is an accredited member of the Association of Zoos and Aquariums and the Alliance of Marine Mammal Parks and Aquariums. For additional information, visit www.georgiaaquarium.org.