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Run/Walk for the Penguins
October 15, 2016
Let’s celebrate the 10th anniversary of Mystic Aquarium’s Annual Run/Walk for the Penguins on Saturday, October 15 with record-setting fundraising!
Every step you take during the 5k run or two-mile walk helps benefit the endangered African penguin. Every dollar that you raise helps Mystic Aquarium fulfill their mission!
Since the alarming figures of African penguin population decline were published in 2010, Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA) accredited institutions, like Mystic Aquarium, have spent more than $300,000 on African penguin field conservation. The Southern African Foundation for the Conservation of Coastal Birds (SANCCOB) is recognized internationally as a leader in the field of seabird rehabilitation, treating in excess of 2,400 injured, sick and oiled seabirds annually.
Despite the tremendous efforts of organizations like SANCCCOB and AZA Member institutions, the species is still declining at an alarming rate.
How do we help?
In partnership with our South African partner, SANCCOB, Mystic Aquarium strives to protect this species by participating in the annual Chick Rearing/Bolstering project assisting abandoned, weak chicks and rearing chicks from eggs.
Additionally, Mystic Aquarium is proud to be a Project Coordinator in the vitally important AZA African penguin Species Survival Plan (SSP) Sustainability Project as part of AZA’s SAFE (Saving Animals from Extinction) collaborative approach to conservation. Mystic is also a collaborator in other SAFE projects that includes disaster response, health monitoring and rehabilitation, public engagement and artificial nest development.
How Can You Help?
You, too, can be part of this collaborative effort by joining us for the 10th Annual Run/Walk for the Penguins. Put your best foot forward in your fundraising efforts and help support Mystic Aquarium’s mission to protect our ocean planet and its inhabitants-like the endangered African penguin.
On-line registration is now open. If you plan to participate in the run/walk, please complete your registration first and then make a statement with your unique fundraising page!
Any questions, please contact Lydia Shell at [email protected] or 860-572-5955 x518.
To show our gratitude for your participation, all registrants receive free Aquarium admission on race day and top fundraisers receive unique prizes!
Join us for this fun and worthwhile event and then stay the day! Enjoy light refreshments at “race central” followed by a fun-filled day at the Aquarium – including a chance to watch our penguins do a short ‘race’ in the Marine Theater.
Walk participants are welcome to bring strollers and dogs during this family-friendly event.