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Penguin Footprints Reproduction Poster

SKU: 400005676413

$39.99 $35.99 Member Price
  • Dimensions: 18" x 24"

Exclusive! Creating these one-of-a-kind works with their feet is a form of enrichment for the penguins. The penguins have been trained to hold out their feet as part of the aquarium’s animal care program. Utilizing this important behavior, the trainers can dab non-toxic paint on them and allow them to walk on the canvas. This is repeated several times to attain the pattern you see. The penguins are not harmed in any way during this process. These images are exact reproductions of Penguin Footprint Paintings made at Mystic Aquarium.

A portion of the proceeds from each sale will go toward the aquarium’s many penguin conservation efforts here and across the world. Over the last ten years, the world’s African penguin population has decreased by over 70 percent, placing them on the Endangered Species list in 2010. The penguins at the aquarium play an integral role in the African Penguin Species Survival Plan, and the aquarium staff’s work with them is helping researchers better understand penguins in the wild.