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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

The Academy will be closed on Thanksgiving and Christmas Day.

Planetarium will be closed Sep. 22, 23, 24

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July 28, 2011

African penguin Research: Chick Bolstering Project


The Chick Bolstering Project http://penguins.adu.org.za/pdf/00011_PTT_chick_FINAL_article_06-07-2011_4.pdf is supported by many partners including the California Academy of Sciences (Steinhart Aquarium). The purpose is to support research of the endangered African penguin in the wild to learn more about the biology of this species and utilize the knowledge to assist the growth of the population. The blog post from 8 July mentioned the juvenile “Lucy” and the satellite transmitter (Platform Transmitter Terminals or PTT) that is tracking her movements. She was traveling very far north in African penguin distribution but her transmitter has ceased transmitting for almost a week. There are several possibilities for this and the Animal Demography Unit, University of Cape Town Penguin-Watch Team will continue to follow up on their website (link at the end of blog). However, two other penguins have been affixed with the PTT and are currently being tracked. All three will continue to be monitored for as long as six months depending on viability. There is website that you can track “Lucy” (red line), “Richie” (green line) and “Nicky” (yellow line) that updates their movements on maps that are easy to watch. Notably, “Nicky” is headed south.  http://penguins.adu.org.za/ -Pamela Schaller

Filed under: CAS Penguin Colony — Penguins @ 3:47 pm

July 8, 2011

African penguin Traveling: Where?

While normally African penguins are relatively sedentary in their adult years, as juveniles they travel. In fact SANCCOB (Southern African Foundation for the Conservation of Coastal Birds) has recently attached a satellite transmitter to a juvenile African penguin to track her travels. “Lucy” the penguin will be followed for up to the next 6 months of her life in order to learn more about these endangered species. The California Academy of Sciences supports this conservation program. Follow the link to learn more about “Lucy” http://penguins.adu.org.za/content.php?serial=11&mn=99 

If you were around San Francisco today, you may have witnessed one of our penguins traveling. “Pierre” our oldest African penguin visited the eye doctor to get his right eye examined.  Our veterinarian and I brought “Pierre” to two locations in San Francisco to consult an expert eye veterinarian. “Pierre” has been to her before, as she was the surgeon to correct his cataracts. This was a follow up visit to check out how he is doing and to examine his right eye which has recently become cloudy. Vision issues for penguins rarely occur, but can affect ability to navigate and ability to discern other penguin’s behaviors. He was judged by both veterinarians that while his sight may be limited in his right eye he appears to see well enough without surgery needed. While being examined, he adjusted extremely quickly to his surroundings, proving his vision is good enough to travel. Check out the next photos to see if you recognize where he was.-Pamela Schaller




Filed under: CAS Penguin Colony — Penguins @ 4:50 pm