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Santa Visits Penguin Chicks (Dec. 12 - 13 & 19 - 20)

2013-11-25

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

November 25, 2013
Contact:  Katie Smith
Office 504-378-2693
Cell 504-278-0542
ksmith@auduboninstitute.org

There's Nothing Like a First Christmas
Santa Claus Visits
Audubon Aquarium's Penguin Chicks
December 12 - 13 & December 19 - 20, 2013

(New Orleans, La.) – He's making a list and checking it twice.  Gonna find out who's naughty and nice....and because all of the penguins chicks at Audubon Aquarium of the Americas have been good little birds this year, Santa is hand delivering presents to each during the 10:30 am and 3:00 pm feedings at the Penguin Exhibit December 12-13 and December 19-20.  This is the third year Audubon Aquarium has organized this special holiday event and the penguins are anxiously awaiting Ole St. Nick!

"We've been preparing all month for these special holiday feedings," says Senior Aviculturist Tom Dyer. "I've had a chat with Santa Claus and he can't wait to visit our meet our eleven new penguin chicks and especially wave hello to all the boys and girls celebrating the holidays with Audubon Aquarium."

Visitors are welcome to view the festive feeding behind the viewing glass at the Penguin Exhibit on the second floor of the Aquarium. Families can enjoy watching Santa deliver specially wrapped presents and hand feed the playful group of penguins during this especially lively feeding time. 

The holiday penguin feeding is at 10:30 am and 3:00 pm Thursday, December 12;  Friday, December 13; Thursday, December 19 and Friday, December 20.  

Visitors can bring their families to Audubon Aquarium on Saturday, December 14 at 8:00 am and join Santa for Breakfast with the Penguins. This fee-based program includes a buffet breakfast, an informative talk on penguins by an Aquarium staff member, a fun craft, admission to the Aquarium immediately following the program, and an appearance by Santa Claus. Breakfast will begin at 8:00 am and the program concludes at 10:00 am. Please click here for tickets and more information about Breakfast with the Penguins

Following this festive event, visitors can enjoy penguins on the big screen at the Entergy IMAX® Theatre screening of Penguins 3D.  Guests can bring their ticket stub from the Entergy IMAX® Theatre Penguins 3D film to the Audubon Aquarium or Entergy IMAX® Theatre gift shops and receive a 15% discount on all penguin merchandise. If it has a penguin on it, the 15% discount applies! Offer expires December 31, 2013. 

Also, surprise a loved one with a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to meet a penguin up close. The Backstage Penguin Pass is a perfect holiday gift and tickets are still available this holiday season.

Out-of-town penguin enthusiasts can view the penguin chicks and their parents on the Penguin Cam at Animal Planet L!VE.

Follow @KohlThePenguin on Twitter to keep up-to-date on "anything and everything" penguin at Audubon Aquarium!

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Audubon Aquarium of the Americas

Advanced tickets are recommended and can be purchased by visiting AudubonInstitute.org or at any Audubon Nature Institute attractions.  Audubon Aquarium of the Americas is located at 1 Canal Street, New Orleans, LA 70130.

Audubon Nature Institute operates a family of museums, parks and research facilities dedicated to celebrating the wonders of nature. Through innovative live animal exhibits, education programs, and scientific discovery, Audubon makes a meaningful contribution to preserving wildlife for the future. Audubon Nature Institute flagships include Audubon Park, Audubon Zoo, Audubon Aquarium of the Americas, Entergy IMAX® Theatre, Audubon Butterfly Garden and Insectarium, Audubon Center for the Research of Endangered Species, Freeport-McMoRan Audubon Special Survival Center, Woldenberg Riverfront Park and Audubon Wilderness Park. Ron Forman is President and CEO of Audubon Nature Institute.

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