Oct 12

Busch Gardens Celebrates African Penguin Awareness Day!

by Staff

Busch Gardens Celebrates African Penguin Awareness Day!

Busch Gardens TampaBay is excited to celebrate African Penguin Awareness Day on Saturday, October 15, 2016. African penguins are considered endangered and this awareness day is a big part of the outreach for this species. Please join the celebration from 10:00 a.m.- 2:00 p.m. near Penguin Point on the Nairobi pathway of the park. Our guests can participate in family fun activities, photo opportunities and penguin meet and greets.

The penguins at Busch Gardens are a part of the Species Survival Plan (SSP) which helps to maintain the population of this species. Over fishing, oil spills and habitat loss are just a few of the factors greatly affecting African Penguins.

The SeaWorld & Busch Gardens Conservation Fund supports The Southern African Foundation for the Conservation of Coastal Birds (SANNCOB)which is an organization that is making a big difference for these birds. SANNCOBis a non-profit organization whose mission is to focus on protecting various species including the African Penguin. With projects like oil spill response, hand raising chicks and recuse and rehabilitation efforts, this organization is doing everything in its power to protect this species from extinction.

We are very lucky to have ambassadors for the species at Busch Gardens Tampa and we are proud of the efforts SANNCOB is putting in to save African Penguins. We look forward to having you visit Busch Gardens Tampa on October 15 to celebrate our feathered friends and learn more about ways that you too can make a difference.

If you aren’t able to make it for the celebration, you can still get up-close and personal with our African Penguins during our Penguin Insider Tour. Join our warm weather penguins and their trainers behind the scenes to get an insider look into a day in the life of an African Penguin.