What's On at the California Academy of Sciences
Penguin Feedings Every Day

(SAN FRANCISCO) - June 29, 2004 - The penguins from Steinhart Aquarium have migrated to their new tank located at the California Academy of Sciences at 875 Howard Street; preening their feathers, swimming in their new bigger pool, and eating their favorite tasty treats of herring and capelins keeps both the penguins and delighted guests busy all day. Every day at 11:00 a.m. and 3:30 p.m. visitors may watch and ask questions as an aquatic biologist feeds the African penguins. Each day a biologist dons a wet suit, measures the temperature of the air and water then steps into the pool to feed the penguins vitamin-stuffed herring and capelin. Throughout the feeding, a biologist explains different behaviors of the penguins and of this particular colony. Then visitors have a chance to ask questions. Each feeding takes 20 minutes.

While the Academy is located at 875 Howard Street visitors may view thousands of animals of Steinhart Aquarium as well as, the natural history exhibits ANTS: Hidden Worlds Revealed, and Astrobiology: Life in the Extreme. Six live colonies of ants display foraging and nest building behaviors in ANTS. In the Astrobiology exhibit visitors will learn about organisms that exist in harsh environments, and how the study of these organisms leads the search for life in the Universe.

The California Academy of Sciences, including Steinhart Aquarium and the Natural History Museum, is open to the public at 875 Howard Street. Admission to the Academy at 875 Howard Street is: $7 for adults, $4.50 for youth ages 12 to 17, Seniors ages 65+ and students with valid ID, $2 for children ages four to 11 and children ages three and younger will be admitted free of charge. Hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. everyday. www.calacademy.org, (415) 379-8000.

The California Academy of Sciences, the fourth largest natural history museum in the United States, is home to Steinhart Aquarium, Morrison Planetarium and the Natural History Museum. The Academy is beginning an extensive rebuilding project in Golden Gate Park. Pritzker prize-winning architect Renzo Piano is designing the new Academy, which is expected to open in 2008.

 

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