Penguin Promises promoted on air

  • September 04, 2012 | Gabby Harris

Gabby tends to the penguins at uShaka Sea World – in the rain

On International Penguin Day last year I was listening to the Fresh Drive on 5FM when DJ Fresh started talking about penguins

I immediately grabbed my phone and tweeted him about our Penguin Promises and the forthcoming waddle that our animal care staff was about to do to promote this cause that is so dear to us. 

The subject is not new to Fresh since he has promoted the cause before on his show. I was so excited after my tweet, because he acknowledged Penguin Promises once again – whoop whoop!

Equally exciting is that Kim Schulze from 5FM will be interviewing me about Penguin Promises this year with a promise to promote this cause during her weekly slot. 5FM rocks!

Penguin Promises is a cause that is very dear to my heart. In conjunction with the Animal Keepers’ Association of Africa, this idea was born of a need to counteract a now medically acknowledged condition called eco-depression, in which one feels so overwhelmed by the state of the planet, that one gives up and becomes inactive.

African penguins are a lot smaller than most people realise

Penguin Promises is aimed at encouraging people to make a promise to the penguins to do something to help the penguins and the planet. An example might be not using plastic drinking straws or shopping bags. This is not a fundraising idea, so we don’t want people to give money, but rather to work towards reducing their environmental footprint.

uShaka Sea World has embraced this campaign, and encourages visitors to check their environmental footprint and make a lifetime commitment to building the health of the planet – our home and the home of the penguins.

The African penguin (Spheniscus demersus) is classified as Endangered (EN) on the IUCN Red List of 2010. Also known as the jackass penguin due to its donkey-like bray, this is the only penguin species that breeds on the African continent.

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