Visit Skipper, the Aquarium’s baby penguin named after a Penguins of Madagascar film character


Around Thanksgiving, people watching the new Penguins of Madagascar animated film can also see a special penguin at the Aquarium named after one of the film’s characters—Skipper! The public is invited to visit the Aquarium to learn about penguins at the June Keyes Penguin Habitat while visiting Skipper.

The Aquarium of the Pacific in partnership with Penguins of Madagascar has named a penguin chick after the movie’s main character

WHAT:           One of the four Magellanic Penguin chicks born at the Aquarium of the Pacific in Long Beach has officially been named Skipper. Skipper was named after one of the main penguin characters from the upcoming DreamWorks Animation/20th Century Fox animated film Penguins of Madagascar. Tom McGrath, who voices Skipper in the film, honored his namesake at a special naming ceremony held at the Aquarium earlier this month ahead of the film’s November 26th release date.


Skipper was born to parents Roxy and Floyd at the Aquarium over the summer. Both parents have an interesting background, as Floyd came to the Aquarium after living in the Bay Area, while Roxy was rescued from a beach in Brazil, far north of her species’ native habitat in the southern areas of South America. Guests can now see Skipper and the three other penguin chicks born at the Aquarium at the June Keyes Penguin Habitat. They’ll also be able to see his parents as well as Anderson and Heidi, Skipper’s brother and sister who were born in 2013. In addition to seeing Skipper and his family at the Aquarium, you can also look for him on the Aquarium’s live penguin cams at


Native to Argentina and Chile, this penguin species prefers a more temperate climate such as that of Southern California than their Antarctic-dwelling cousins. Magellanic Penguin chicks hatch with their eyes closed and are able to open them about a week later. After about ninety days the chicks fledge, losing their downy newborn feathers, which are replaced with watertight, sub-adult feathers.


WHEN:           Daily from 9:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.


WHERE:         Aquarium of the Pacific, 100 Aquarium Way, Long Beach, CA 90802


COST:            General admission: $28.95 for adults 12+, $25.95 for seniors 62+, $14.95 per child (ages 3-11), and free to Aquarium members and children under age three.


INFO:              562-590-3100 or


Thanksgiving time is the perfect time to visit the Aquarium of the Pacific! My son and I just love visiting there! We had the opportunity to visit this past week and can’t wait to go back! I think that we could watch the Sea Lions and Harbor Seals all day and the Penguins are a personal favorite of mine!

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AQUARIUM:  The nonprofit Aquarium of the Pacific is a community gathering place where diverse cultures and the arts are celebrated and where important topics facing our planet are explored by scientists, policymakers, and stakeholders in search of sustainable solutions. The Aquarium is dedicated to conserving and building nature and nature’s services by building the interactions between and among peoples. Home to more than 11,000 animals, Aquarium exhibits include the June Keyes Penguin Habitat, Ocean Science Center, Molina Animal Care Center, and the interactive Shark Lagoon and Lorikeet Forest exhibits. Beyond its animal exhibits, the Aquarium offers educational programs for people of all ages, from hands-on activities to lectures by leading scientists.

Self Disclosure: We received media comps to feature the Aquarium of the Pacific but it really is a favorite of mine.


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