SAN FRANCISCO July 20, 2011 Pocket Penguins
Users can toggle between three different cameras in the exhibit, including an underwater vantage point, and watch for some of the birds’ most endearing behaviors, including courtship, establishing and defending territories, and collecting nest material. Parenting may also be a future highlight—the next time a penguin couple produces and begins incubating eggs, Academy biologists plan to deploy a nest cam to share the egg incubation and chick rearing process with viewers around the world.
- 10:30am 3:00pm PT
About African Penguins
The Academy participates in the American Zoo and Aquarium Association’s Species Survival Program (SSP) for African Penguins, aimed at conserving this species in the wild. In 2010, the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) classified the species as endangered, or at very high risk of extinction in the wild. African Penguin populations are threatened by competition with commercial fishing operations, guano removal, oil spills, and predation by feral cats.
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