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STEINHART AQUARIUM ACQUIRES FOUR NEW PENGUINS
Endangered birds are part of the "Species Survival Plan"
WHAT: In December 2005, Steinhart Aquarium received four new African penguins from the New England Aquarium. These endangered birds were brought to Steinhart as part of the aquarium’s “Species Survival Plan” breeding program. Both couples are relatively young and are expected to breed within the next several years. This acquisition is the first step in the Academy’s plan to begin stocking up on animals in preparation for the move back to Golden Gate Park in 2008.
WHO: Steinhart Aquarium biologists Bart Shepherd and Pamela Schaller, Steinhart Aquarium Director Chris Andrews, and four African penguins meeting their new tankmates for the first time.
WHEN: The African Penguin Colony is an ongoing exhibit, open every day from 10 am - 5 pm. Daily feedings take place at 11 am and 3:30 pm.
WHERE: California Academy of Sciences, Golden Gate Park, 55 Music Concourse Drive, San Francisco, CA 94118.
WHY: Ever since “March of the Penguins” came out, these birds have become incredibly popular.
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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. every day. 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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