World Penguin Day set at Aviary
World Penguin Day is Tuesday, and the National Aviary wouldn’t dream of letting it go by without special events at its facility on the North Side.
There will be games, crafts and real live penguins to meet up close.
The aviary has 19 African penguins — the little pintsized ones. They could possibly become extinct in our lifetime. But here in Pittsburgh, they are breeding and reproducing while raising awareness for the wild penguins who are losing habitat.
Their watery habitat is a popular stop at the aviary. The exhibit features views of the black-and-white flightless birds gracefully swimming underwater and comically waddling around the rocks above the water.
When visitors line up at the glass to watch them, some of the penguins always swim up to the glass to put on a little show above and below the water.
World Penguin Day activities run from 10 a.m.-7 p.m. — which is a later end time than usual. There is no fee for World Penguin Day activities; it’s included with the admission charge.