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Aquarium penguins have their days

by jmaloni
Fri, Mar 23rd 2012 07:05 am

Celebrate with the Peruvian penguins at the Aquarium of Niagara from 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. March 24 and 25.

These flightless birds are among the Aquarium's most popular residents, and this weekend you can participate in a penguin "meet and greet" encounter. Of course, the penguins will be dressed formally for the occasion, but Aquarium guests can dress casually. The 21st annual Penguin Days is sponsored by Niagara Frontier Publications.

Experienced Exhibit Department staff members will answer all questions about these fascinating birds during regular penguin encounters in the second floor Community Room. "Beaker," the Aquarium's penguin mascot, will also be on hand.

Challenge your penguin knowledge by participating in the annual trivia contest with a "plethora of penguin prizes" for the winner. Children can make and take a penguin craft, visit the "Sea N Do" Shack and learn more about penguin conservation while exploring a research field station. There will be penguin gifts, including original penguin art, available for purchase. Adopt-a-Penguin certificates can be purchased by anyone wishing to sponsor an Aquarium penguin for one year.

The Aquarium's regular schedule of California sea lion demonstrations and harbor seal feedings will continue as usual throughout the weekend. Penguin encounters are included in regular admission of $10 for adults, $6 for children, and free for 2 and under. Members are free. Admission to penguin encounters will be determined by availability of tickets and space.

For more information, call 285-3575, ext. 206, or visit www.aquariumofniagara.org.

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