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Mar 10, 2006

Penguins in a Pickle

Penguins in a Pickle from Bristol Zoo Gardens

Relating the facts of penguin conservation in an interactive fashion to the zoo visitor

African penguins have suffered a 90% drop in their populations during the last 100 years. Human activities, including oil pollution and habitat destruction are the main causes for their decline.

Penguins in a Pickle provided the opportunity to relate these facts to visitors, using fun activities to engage then and innovative ideas to encourage support.

One event was a penguin cleaning station where over 3,300 children had a go at cleaning an inflatable oiled penguin for themselves. Learning about the care they need and how they are released. There were trails around the zoo, penguin talks and other manned activities such as games and arts and crafts.

Leaflets on ’10 Penguin in a Pickle’ facts were given out. Visitors also learned about Bristol Zoos contributions to penguin conservation. Before and after evaluation was carried out and this showed a significant increase in awareness about penguin conservation and the accompanying environmental issues such as litter and pollution. 

Developed by:  Bristol Zoo Gardens

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