While The Florida Aquarium takes great pride in our rehabilitation efforts for otters, sea turtles and coral reef, we are also pretty pumped about one of our latest endeavors: Adopting a penguin!
SANCCOB (The Southern African Foundation for the Conservation of Coastal Birds) is an organization based in South Africa that rehabilitates ill, injured, oiled and orphaned penguins. FLAQ has partnered with them on educating the world about these endangered birds, as well as donating our Penguin Backstage Pass proceeds to their efforts during our Penguin Appreciation Day Events. And now we are assisting in aiding a special African penguin in need of rehabilitation.
Say hello to this undeniably dashing gentleman!
This little fellow was found abandoned in Stony Point in mid-December weighing only 1.60 kg. By mid-February he was released, happy and healthy, weighing 2.75 kg! We are so thankful to SANCCOB for the hard and important work that they do, and are ecstatic that our adopted penguin is doing so well.
However, though he has his health and his penguin family back, he is still missing just one imperative thing. A name!
We are leaving it up to aquarium guests to vote on a name for our adopted penguin. Our husbandry team has come up with the 5 following names that are ready to be voted on:
1. Nelson- After Nelson Mandela
2. Boulder- After the terrain where South African penguins can be found
3. Dassen- After a South African island in the Atlantic Ocean
4. Pip- After his lively penguin personality
5. Benguela- After a current that skirts the western African coast
We would love your help! Please click on the link below to vote for your favorite name. Voting ends August 14th.