Courtesy: California Academy of Sciences
Breaking adorable animal news: The California Academy of Sciences today launched a "Pocket Penguins" app, offering 24/7 live views of its popular colony of African penguins.
Think puppy cam, but, you know, with penguins. On your phone.
The International Union for Conservation of Nature classified African penguins as an endangered species in 2010. Populations have declined amid threats from commercial fishing operations, oil spills, feral cats and other dangers, the Academy of Sciences said.
"The penguins are one of our most popular species," said Helen Taylor, spokeswoman for the museum, located in Golden Gate Park. "So this app is a great way to share them not only with visitors to the museum, but with people around the world while helping to raise awareness for their plight in the wild."
The free app allows users to toggle between three cameras in the exhibit, including one with an underwater vantage. Better still: When the next couple begins incubating eggs, biologists there plan to set up a "nest cam."
The app is available for the iPhone as well as Android handsets. For additional details, click HERE.
The museum advises that the penguins are most active around feeding times, at 10:30 a.m. and 3 p.m. Meanwhile, don't miss Pete the Penguin's fourth birthday party during feeding time on July 7.