55 Music Concourse Dr.
Golden Gate Park
San Francisco CA
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9:30 am – 5:00 pm


11:00 am – 5:00 pm
Members' Hours:


8:30 – 9:30 am


10:00 – 11:00 am

Please note: The Academy will be closing at 3:00 pm on 10/24 (final entry at 2:00 pm). We apologize for any inconvenience.

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January 28, 2010

African penguin Exhibit: Crabs and Penguins?


Yes. We have introduced 39 Red Rock Crabs into the penguin exhibit. Occasionally you will get a glance at them with the underwater camera (when the penguins haven’t moved the camera). Or you might also see them very active after the penguin feeds. They were introduced in order to pick up the fish that the penguins do not eat. After the feeds, they scurry out, grab a capelin or herring that the penguins have dropped and scurry back with their large catch.  We will start to introduce more invertebrates this year in order to have a more realistic dynamic underwater environment for our African penguins.-Pamela Schaller

Filed under: CAS Penguin Colony — Penguins @ 4:20 pm

January 16, 2010

Penguin Love Shack


Our Love Shack is a temporary home for two penguins to spend some time getting to know each other and hopefully to form a long term commitment  as a mated pair. The B-52′s song “Love Shack” is a great summary of “Ocio’s” and Safara’s” temporary home.  Their lyrics describe what we are hoping to see…”Love baby, that’s where it’s at,  Huggin’ and a kissin’, dancin’ and a lovin’ at the love shack”. They are following each other around more frequently and watching each other.  This is a small step towards the direction of penguin love. The next few weeks will let us know if they find each other appealing enough to form a bond. -Pamela Schaller

Filed under: CAS Penguin Colony — Penguins @ 3:23 pm