Admiral Fancy Pants, a two-year-old male Magellanic Penguin, will make his public debut at the Aquarium of the Pacific on Wednesday, March 15.
The public will be able to view the Admiral’s debut on its live webcam and can visit when the Aquarium opens starting at 9:00 a.m. that day. The Penguin Cam is courtesy of explore.org, the philanthropic multimedia arm of the Annenberg Foundation.
Admiral Fancy Pants arrived at the Aquarium as part of a national conservation effort by the Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA). AZA administers a Species Survival Plan (SSP) for Magellanic Penguins that includes breeding efforts. It is hoped that the Admiral finds a mate in the June Keyes Penguin Habitat. As the Aquarium welcomes the Admiral, they said goodbye to Newsome the penguin, who went on to find a potential mate at another AZA-accredited home. As the Aquarium’s colony continues to grow, staff members anticipate more such sharing to occur in the future in support of SSP conservation efforts. Magellanic Penguins are a temperate species native to the coasts of Argentina and Chile in South America.
WHEN: Wednesday, March 15, 2017
Live Webcam:8:45 a.m.-9:00 a.m. webcam (available at aquariumofpacific.org)
Public:9:00 a.m. Aquarium opens
WHERE: Aquarium of the Pacific, 100 Aquarium Way, Long Beach, CA 90802.
Credit: The Aquarium of the Pacific.