Queensland, Australia: The King and Gentoo Penguins at Sea World have kick-started World Penguin Day celebrations in-style by enjoying a delicious fish ice cake and a collection of their favourite toys and treats.
World Penguin Day marks the annual northward migration of Penguins and is day dedicated to the flightless birds and raising awareness of ocean rubbish, which is a serious threat to coastal birds.
The World Penguin Day celebrations will stretch over the long weekend and will include in-park activities allowing Sea World guests to interact with Penguin artefacts such as Gentoo egg shells, feathers and breeding rocks in the world-class Penguin Encounter exhibit.
Sea World’s Penguin Encounter Team Member, Paul Revie said World Penguin Day is a special occasion for all the penguins in the park.
“The King and Gentoo Penguins are instinctively curious and the fish cake, toys and treats provide colourful and dynamic enrichment for the birds,” Mr Revie said.
“It is important to raise awareness about the effect ocean rubbish has on Penguins, as their inquisitive nature can be detrimental when they choose discarded fishing line and rubbish as their new toys which can result in entanglements.
“We will be hosting a range of fun games, face painting and exciting Penguin artefacts stall over the weekend where guests can interact with breeding rocks, Gentoo egg shells and feathers specific to the Penguins you see in exhibit.
“The Penguins at Sea World are ambassadors for climate change and the amazing Penguin Encounter exhibit allows our guests to gain insight into Penguins in an environment which provides a unique educational experience where they can learn about the effects of climate change in the Antarctic region.”
The best way to see the King and Gentoo Penguins is with a Locals Season Pass which gives unlimited entry to Sea World, Warner Bros. Movie World and Wet’n’Wild Gold Coast until 30 June 2016, plus one FREE entry to Carnivale for only $79.99.
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