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The Roger Tory Peterson Penguin Exhibit offers above- and below-water viewing for more than 28 resident African penguins. There is always a staff member at this exhibit ready to answer any of your questions and tell you all about these fascinating birds. Feeding times vary through the day so check the schedule as you arrive at the Aquarium and stop by during one of our penguin feeding sessions.
The Plight of the Penguins
The African penguin population continues to decline. In 2010, researchers reported that the wild population was estimated to be 21,000 pairs. At a 2013 international penguin conference biologists reduced their estimates to only 19,000 pairs. The population has declined by 70% in the last 10 years alone. The African Penguin faces extinction in the wild.
The penguins at Mystic Aquarium are helping their relatives across the world. Mystic Aquarium sends its staff to South Africa each year to work with wild African Penguins. Working with our partners, SANCCOB (South African Foundation for the Conservation of Coastal Birds), our staff help to rehabilitate abandoned African penguin chicks, oiled birds, and work on programs such as the Chick Bolstering Project.
We need your help to save the African Penguin!
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