Thursday, September 27, 2012

Meet An Endangered Penguin

Meet An Endangered Penguin

In this week's Slice of New Orleans Vanessa Bolano goes on rare meet and greet with an endangered animal. It's an experience you can have for yourself beginning Friday at the Audubon Aquarium.
The Audubon Aquarium of the Americas has launched a once-in-a-lifetime, interactive opportunity to have a close-up encounter with an endangered African Blackfooted penguin.

The intimate, hands-on experience grants you total behind the scenes access. It's all called “The Backstage Penguin Pass.”
The first stop brings you to the Food Prep Room where all the food for the animals in the aquarium are prepared. There are 32 penguins living at the aquarium that devour about 22lbs of fish a day!
Next stop brings you to a colorful room where you actually get to meet a penguin, learn about it, and ask questions.

“You can see he does have individual feathers and those are packed really tight. There are about 90 per square inch,” says David Brandt, “I'll show you how they get that name. Back here, on the bottom on their feet, are solid black. Everybody loves penguins and a lot of people don't know that they've become endangered, so this is another way to sort of enhance that and educate people and maybe get them involved.”
The Backstage Penguin Pass lasts about 90 minutes, and visitors also get to take home a penguin painting created during the experience.

The program is available Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays at 9am & 1:30pm starting Friday September 28.
The encounter is limited to 6 guests, 4 years of age and above. If you are interested you are encouraged to call and book your experience in advance.

For more information click here.


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