Everyone’s favourite flightless birds are stepping out of Vancouver Aquarium’s Penguin Point. This is an unscheduled daily enrichment session that takes place in the Pacific Canada Pavilion. Here you'll have the opportunity to see the penguins up close as they waddle around and interact with their trainers.
We've recently launched a fun and engaging experience for visitors with its much-loved African penguins—the penguin enrichment session. Guests are invited to watch the birds waddle along by the upper Strait of Georgia habitat, near the entrance to the Tropics Zone. This is an enrichment opportunity for the birds and a delightful display for visitors who can also take this opportunity to ask the trainers questions about the penguins.
Watch Them Waddle
During this program these beguiling creatures are invited to interact with a trainer and some enrichment items or toys. This provides guests with a chance to get closer to the birds and experience them without a glass barrier while also hearing from the trainers about what it's like to work with penguins. It also allows visitors to see, first-hand, the waddle for which these flightless birds are known. The penguin walk is an unsheduled training session that can happen at any time during the day.
Form A Connection
“Penguin training gives the birds a great opportunity to learn new behaviours, experience new sights and sounds, and get some extra exercise, which is an important part of the care we provide to animals at the Vancouver Aquarium,” says Brian Sheehan, marine mammal curator. “It also gives visitors a fun opportunity to see more of these charming birds. “Through the penguin training sessions, guests have the opportunity to form a genuine connection with the African penguins, an endangered species,” adds Sheehan. “We hope they come away from the penguin walk even more enamoured with these captivating little creatures and interested in their survival.”
The penguins at the Vancouver Aquarium were bred at another aquarium as part of the Association of Zoos and Aquarium’s Species Survival Plan. The number of penguins in southern Africa has dropped 90% since the early 1900s. North American zoos and aquariums, including the Vancouver Aquarium, are helping to save this species through population management, education and ocean-sustainability programs.
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