New Baby Penguins Born This Summer Make Their Public Debut at the Aquarium of the Pacific

Gayle Anderson was live in Long Beach at the Aquarium of the Pacific where the public is invited to view four baby Magellanic Penguin chicks in the June Keyes Penguin Habitat. The first two, female Magellanic Penguin chicks of the season went on exhibit last Wednesday. The two male chicks go on display TODAY. All of the baby birds had been behind the scenes learning to be hand fed fish and to swim before going on exhibit.

Also, the public can name a penguin chick using the aquarium’s Adopt-an-Animal program by donating $100.00 at limited edition penguin chick level or above before October 31, 2014. The person whose suggested name is chosen by aquarium staff will be able to go behind the scenes to participate in a feeding and training session with the penguins. All “parents” at the $100.00 level will receive an adoption certificate, color photo, fact sheet about the animal, a penguin plush toy, and two aquarium admission tickets. Higher levels include such benefits as Behind-the-Scenes Tours and Animal Encounters. For a complete list of levels and benefits, please visit aquariumofpacific.org/adopt

Native to Argentina and Chile, Magellanic Penguins prefer the temperate climate of Southern California rather than their Antarctic dwelling cousins. Magellanic Penguin chicks hatch with their eyes closed and are able to open them about a week later. After about ninety days, the chicks fledge, losing their downy newborn feathers, which are replaced with water-tight, sub-adult feathers.

The aquarium has live webcams in the June Keyes Penguin Habitat, allowing international fans to catch a glimpse of the chicks exploring their habitat. Cameras are located above and below the water, giving viewers up-close and candid looks at the lives of the aquarium’s penguins. The webcams are provided courtesy of explore.org, the philanthropic multimedia arm of the Annenberg Foundation. They can be accessed at http://www.aquariumofpacific.org/exhibits/webcams/

By the way, Saturday, September 6, 2014, the Aquarium of the Pacific will host its third annual Molina 5K Run/Walk along the panoramic shoreline waterfront. The event will begin at 7:30 a.m. and will continue until 9:00 a.m. Special winner medals will be given to the top three finishers in each age division. The top male and female overall finishers will be awarded $500 cash prizes.

Runners will be greeted on the course by aquarium mascots and live animals. When participants explore the aquarium on the race weekend, they can touch and see animals in new exhibits at the Molina Animal Care Center, where they will learn how the ocean and its resources aid in human medicine.

The general registration cost for runners is $44 for youth (17 and under) and $52 for adults. The age divisions are: 12 and under, 13-15, 16-19, 20-24, 25-29, 30-34, 35-39, 40-44, 45-49, 50-54, 55-59, 60-64, 65-69, and 70+. Each participant will receive a bib, goody bag, medal, T-shirt, and a ticket to the Aquarium valid during the weekend of the event only. To register for the 5K, go to www.aquariumofpacific.org/a5krace.

The 5K Run/Walk is made possible with the help and support of Molina Healthcare, Inc., the event’s title sponsor. Additional sponsors include Pepsi and Shoreline Village. The aquarium’s partner is Aztlan Athletics. Aztlan Athletics’ mission is to help empower people to find ways of improving their role in conservation and their respective communities, while participating in an activity that is healthy. 

About Molina Healthcare

Molina Healthcare, Inc. (NYSE: MOH), a FORTUNE 500 company, provides quality and cost-effective Medicaid-related solutions to meet the health care needs of low-income families and individuals and to assist state agencies in their administration of the Medicaid program.  The Company’s licensed health plans in California, Florida, Illinois, Michigan, New Mexico, Ohio, South Carolina, Texas, Utah, Washington, and Wisconsin currently serve approximately 2.2 million members, and its subsidiary, Molina Medicaid Solutions, provides business processing and information technology administrative services to Medicaid agencies in Idaho, Louisiana, Maine, New Jersey, and West Virginia, and drug rebate administration services in Florida.  More information about Molina Healthcare is available at www.molinahealthcare.com

The aquarium is open from 9:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. daily. Aquarium admission is $28.95 for adults 12+, $25.95 for seniors 62+, $14.95 per child (ages 3-11), and free to Aquarium members and children under age three. For more information, visit www.aquariumofpacific.org or call (562) 590-3100.

Home to more than 11,000 animals, Aquarium of the Pacific features the June Keyes Penguin Habitat, Ocean Science Center, Molina Animal Care Center, the interactive Shark Lagoon, and the new Summer of Wonder exhibits. Beyond its exhibits, the nonprofit aquarium offers educational programs for people of all ages, from hands-on activities to lectures by leading scientists. For information, visit www.aquariumofpacific.org

 

 

Penguins Born This Summer Make Their Public Debut
Aquarium of the Pacific
100 Aquarium Way
Long Beach, CA 90802
(562) 590-3100
www.aquariumofpacific.org

 

Saturday, September 6, 2014
7:30 a.m. through 9:00 a.m.
3rd Annual Molina 5K Run/Walk
Aquarium of the Pacific
100 Aquarium Way
Long Beach, CA 90802
(562) 590-3100
www.aquariumofpacific.org/a5krace

 

 

 

If you have questions, please feel free to call Gayle Anderson at 323-460-5732 or e-mail Gayle at Gayle.Anderson@KTLA.com

 


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