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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

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June 17, 2011

Mr. Popper’s Penguins


In 1938 a book was published entitled Mr. Popper’s Penguins. You may have heard this title with the new movie coming out. If you are a penguin enthusiast and an avid young reader this is a fun, imaginary story about Mr. and Mrs. Popper and their Antarctic friends “Captain Cook”, “Greta”, “Nelson”, “Columbus”, “Louisa”, “Jenny”, “Scott”, “Magellan”, “Adelina”, “Isabella”, “Ferdinand” and “Victoria”.  The book takes many twists and turns, eventually ending far from where “Captain Cook” and “Greta” started. This book has been taught as a literature unit in the classroom for years. This book has also inspired some of our penguin biologists to work with penguins today. Those of us lucky enough to spend time with these energetic, quirky birds enjoy their interactions. They cause lots of soap opera like conversations when the biologists discuss their observations. If you watch our African penguin antics, you may have seen them courting, nest building, fighting, swimming, feeding or preening. They are a colony of 17 birds ranging in age from 3 years old to 28 years old. Our oldest penguin is named “Pierre” and wore a penguin wetsuit at one point in his life. If you are 2-8 years old (or you are parents of children of that age) “Pierre the Penguin: A True Story” may interest you. Whether it is through movies, media, aquariums, museums, wildlife trips or books; penguins teach us important lessons and simply entertain us.-Pamela Schaller

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