Penguin Awareness Day at the Zoo

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Penguin Awareness Day at the Zoo

Omaha’s Henry Doorly Zoo and Aquarium will go behind the scenes with its three Antarctic penguin species during a special Facebook Live broadcast tomorrow, January 17 at 10:30 a.m. in celebration of Penguin Awareness Day.

Viewers will learn what it’s like to work with each species—the Southern rockhopper, king and gentoo—as the Zoo’s aquarium birds keepers conduct a feeding demonstration.

There are a total of 17 species of penguin in the world, all of which live in the Southern Hemisphere and are on the decline due to climate change, commercial fishing, oil spills and pollution.

In addition to 31 Southern rockhoppers, 20 king penguins and 33 gentoos, Omaha’s Henry Doorly Zoo and Aquarium is home to 19 African penguins.

There are 307 rockhoppers currently residing across 17 institutions accredited by the Association of Zoos and Aquariums, as well as 264 king penguins throughout 16 AZA-accredited institutions, 317 gentoos among 13 AZA-accredited institutions and 948 African penguins across 50.

Throughout the year, Omaha’s Henry Doorly Zoo and Aquarium provides financial support to the Southern African Foundation for the Conservation of Coastal Birds (SANCCOB), whose mission is to reverse the decline of seabird populations impacted by oil spills, illness, injury or abandonment through rescue, rehabilitation and release.

SANCCOB, to date, has treated more than 90,000 oiled, ill, injured or abandoned seabirds.

Humans can help penguin populations nationwide by recycling, eliminating the use of disposable and single-use items, such as plastic bags and Styrofoam, and cutting back on energy, water consumption and fossil fuels.

Posted by Michelle Meisinger at 11:31 AM