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Aquarium Video Shows Unique Bond Between Penguins and Staff



November 1, 2011
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"There's no love like penguin love!"

Unique Video Shows the Bond Between Penguins and Animal Staff at Audubon Aquarium

(New Orleans, La.)–  Senior Aviculturist Tom Dyer has his hands full with thirty penguins all with very distinctive personalities at Audubon Aquarium of the Americas.   The video below is shot from Dyer’s perspective as he hand feeds and interacts with the lively group of Aquarium penguins.

The unique video captures Dyer as he calls out the names of each penguin receiving a fish while his assistant documents their daily dietary information.  This inside look captures the close relationship between Dyer and the dynamic Audubon penguin colony.

"I'm extremely excited that the public can experience the penguins from my vantage point," says Dyer.  "The penguin feed is one of my favorite times of the day and our Audubon Aquarium guests enjoy it as well. I'm so pleased to be able to share the unique personalities of our penguins with the public."

Penguin feedings are enjoyed daily by visitors to
Audubon Aquarium of the Americas at 10:30am and 3:00pm.


Meet the Penguins of Audubon Aquarium

Fanny- The matriarch of our penguin colony, Fanny will be twenty-nine on December 7, 2011.  She and her mate Ernie are Audubon’s two oldest penguins.
Amquel – Named for the compound used to remove ammonia and chlorine from the exhibit water, Amquel is one of the easier penguins to distinguish from the colony. Amquel has one feather that sticks straight up.
Augustus – Augustus was named after the gluttonous Augustus Gloop, a character from Roald Dahl’s classic children’s book, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory.
Bunny – Bunny is one of Audubon’s rockhopper penguins. Since her arrival at Audubon, Bunny has been in constant competition with Dennis for the Rocky, Audubon's female rockhopper.
Dennis –One of Audubon’s rockhopper penguins, Dennis’ his full name is Dennis Hopper; a tribute to the late Easy Rider actor.
Endymion – Audubon’s most recent hatching, Endymion was named after the famous Mardi Gras parade.
Evinrude –Named after the famous Evinrude outboard motors, Evinrude is one of the colony’s fastest swimmers.
Garth – Garth was named after country superstar Garth Brooks.
KenickieKenickie was named after Jeff Conway’s character, Kenickie from the movie Grease. Appropriately, he spends most of his time with Rizzo.
Kohl- Kohl was named after the cosmetic preparation to blacken the rims of eyelids.
Lola – Because of her bossy demeanor, Lola was named after Lola from Damn Yankees.
Mitzi – Mitzi was named after the film actress Mitzi Gaynor.
Nonamé – After arriving at Audubon with no name, she was dubbed Nonamé by veterinarian Dr. Field.
Rizzo – Rizzo was named after Stockard Channing’s character Rizzo in the movie Grease.
VooDoo – It wouldn’t be New Orleans without a penguin named VooDoo. Despite her name, VooDoo is one of the sweetest penguins. VooDoo is Endymion’s mother.
Audubon Aquarium of the Americas

Tickets to Audubon Aquarium of the Americas during regular hours are $19.95 for adults, $12.95 for children and $15.95 for seniors.  Admission is always free for Audubon Nature Institute members. Advanced tickets are recommended and can be purchased by visiting or at any Audubon Nature Institute attractions.  Audubon Aquarium of the Americas is located at 1 Canal Street, New Orleans, LA 70130.

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New Orleans, LA 70118
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