at the Aquarium, the penguins were fed a fishy combo meal
of smelt and capelin which were gobbled down quickly. The
gentoo and macaroni penguins were introduced into “Penguins’
Rock” where the macaronis headed straight for the water.
At first the gentoos seemed a little tentative about diving
in with their crested friends, but after the first one took
the plunge, the rest were right behind. In fact, within the
first hour the penguins appeared to be having so much fun
it was hard to believe they had lived anywhere else. “They
are doing fantastic,” smiled SeaWorld senior aviculturist
Phyllis Gutierrez. “They are really awesome to watch.
They are very comical and very acrobatic in the water. The
gentoos are just like little clowns. They are probably the
most comical of all the penguins. And the macaronis are real
water lovers. They are going to spend a lot of time swimming
in the water while the gentoos will be diving in and rocketing
Seeing the penguins
adjusting so well has brought smiles to everyone’s faces
at the Tennessee Aquarium, especially Amy Graves, the aviculturist
in charge of these amazing animals. “They are really
doing a great job of adjusting. They are having a lot of fun,
and it’s a lot of fun to watch,” says Graves.
“Especially watching them popping in and out of the
water like popcorn.”
are in Chattanooga due to some very generous support from
the entire community. As a non-profit organization, the Tennessee
Aquarium relies on corporate gifts, individual donations and
memberships to bring people and animals together in a way
that is entertaining and educational.
penguins’ arrival sets a new high-water mark in fulfilling
our mission to ‘inspire wonder and appreciation for
the natural world’,” states Aquarium president
Charlie Arant. “This spectacular new gallery insures
that the Aquarium remains a dynamic, exciting place to visit.
It is an effort that breaks new ground. Not only are we introducing
new animals never seen before in this region, but we are also
asking our valued members to help make it possible. This is
an investment we believe will insure our continued success.”
Rock” is a permanent exhibit at the Tennessee Aquarium
and opens May 3rd.
who join or renew before “Penguins’ Rock”
opens will be among the first to see the gentoo and macaroni
penguins. The price of a membership for your entire family
is just $85 if you join before May 1st, and you can visit
as often as you like for free. Log onto www.tennesseeaquarium.org
or call 267-fish.
The Tennessee Aquarium
inspires wonder and appreciation for the natural world. Admission
is $19.95 per adult and $10.95 per child, ages 3-12. Each
ticket purchased helps support Aquarium conservation programs.
The IMAX® 3D Theater is next door to the Aquarium. Ticket
prices are $7.95 per adult and $5.50 per child. Aquarium/IMAX
combo tickets are $24.95 for adults and $14.95 for children.
Advance tickets may be purchased online at www.tnaqua.org
or by phone at 1-800-262-0695. The Aquarium, located on the
banks of the Tennessee River in Chattanooga, is a non-profit
organization. Open every day except Thanksgiving and Christmas,
the Aquarium and IMAX are accessible to people with disabilities.
Members enjoy unlimited visits and other benefits. Call 267-FISH
press kits & downloadable images: http://www.tnaqua.org/Newsroom/Newsroom.asp