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Penguin chicks to “march” through San Francisco Zoo & Gardens!

Penguin chicks to “march” through San Francisco Zoo & Gardens!
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 SAN FRANCISCO – Making their public debut in red carpet 

With much pomp and circumstance, this ceremony celebrates the two-month-old chicks' graduation from “Fish School” where they lose their fluffy down, learn to swim and accept food from their human keepers.  With hundreds of SF Zoo Members and visitors watching their every waddle, the penguins make their way around the exhibit before diving into the pool and embarking on a new adventure on Penguin Island.

SF Zoo Members will have the opportunity to submit name suggestions and one name will be drawn just prior to the ceremonial march.  San Francisco Zoo maintains the largest and most successful breeding colony of Magellanic penguins in captivity, having fledged more than 200 chicks since 1985. 

Event Details

What: March of the Penguins

Where: San Francisco Zoo & Gardens, 1 Zoo Rd, San Francisco, CA 94132

When: Saturday, July 30 10:15 am

Note: the march is very quick and only happens one time, so please arrive early to allow time to make your way to the exhibit

Visuals: Two Magellanic penguin chicks taking their ceremonial march to Penguin Island, additional educational exhibits and crafts for kids on site

How: Contact Rachel Eslick 559-287-3990 or [email protected]

About San Francisco Zoo & Gardens

Established in 1929, San Francisco Zoo & Gardens connects people to wildlife, inspires caring for nature and advances conservation action.  An urban oasis, the Zoo & Gardens are home to more than 2,000 exotic, endangered and rescued animals representing more than 250 species as well as seven distinct gardens full of native and unusual plants.  Located at the edge of the Pacific Ocean where the Great Highway meets Sloat Boulevard, the Zoo is open 365 days a year from 10:00 am to 5:00 pm (summer hours) and is accessible by San Francisco MUNI "L" Taraval Line.

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