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Golden Gate Park
San Francisco CA
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Live Penguin Cams 

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


  1. I think Pierre went to Veterinary Vision where I took one of my beagles this year when she had an eye infection that persisted. They were very nice and the treatment had her eye back to normal again. Great to have such a great resource for dogs and penguins here in town.

    Comment by Judy Reynolds — July 9, 2011 @ 11:17 pm

  2. Hi Judy, You are right and they have been excellent to “Pierre”!-Pamela Schaller

    Comment by Penguins — July 12, 2011 @ 10:02 am

  3. I really enjoy watching the penguin cam on line during feeding times.It’s a great diversion during my work day. I have noticed that the audio is not always available. Could you please double check that?

    Comment by Julie — July 17, 2011 @ 11:06 am

  4. I continue to appreciate Pam’s enthusiasm to “explain and protect” her little charges. That she works so closely with them on a daily basis and is so forthcoming and knowledgeable about penguin related issues and can explain these things to the general public in an informed but easy to understand manner is really special.She represents all that is good at the Academy of Sciences. I look forward to both her Penguin feedings daily.

    Comment by hallie ness — July 23, 2011 @ 3:04 pm

  5. I just learned from the penguin feeding that Homie had a procedure and Pierre is keeping her company…. So who is guarding there nestbox in the main exhibit? It awesome that I can watch feeding from my iPhone!!! I will be visiting very soon and be able to see them all up close and personal!!!


    Comment by Lex — August 24, 2011 @ 3:36 pm

  6. Hi Lex, thanks for the thoughtful question. Homey and Pierre’s nest-box has been closed off to prevent other birds from taking it over while they’re off exhibit and not around to defend it. It will be re-opened when the couple is reintroduced to the colony in 1-2 weeks. Hope to see you soon at the Academy!

    Comment by Penguins — August 24, 2011 @ 5:40 pm

  7. Love the site. Their antics always make me smile.

    Comment by Dorothy Ritter — September 15, 2011 @ 1:02 pm

  8. today kerrie said 14 penguins in exhibit i thought there were 17, i know most of their names- am a big fan of the penguins. did some leave? who is gone? thank you for this site. i am recovering from surgery and these guys help(also brooke and erin-and all the staff) candace

    Comment by candace nordee — November 18, 2011 @ 3:45 pm

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