A major decision will be made in 2016 and every vote counts. The ballot is set – with some unique options…
Beaker. Bernard. Pickles. Scout. Squirt. Thumper. What now?
Well, Adventure Aquarium visitors will choose our African penguin chicks’ names! Beginning Friday, June 3, an official Voting Station, located in the Aquarium’s main entrance lobby, will display six name options for the African penguin chicks. Using spare change, guests visiting Adventure Aquarium will be able to vote for their favorite name choices all summer long.
Aquarium Members and social media fans were asked to suggest names for the African penguin chicks in a contest held on the Aquarium’s website. Over 1,100 names were submitted during the two week nomination period. The nominations were then narrowed down to the six finalist names by the biologists who care for the birds.
The winning names will be announced following the 8th annual African Penguin Awareness Weekend, being held Labor Day weekend (September 3-5). 100% of donations collected will support endangered African penguins in the wild and the Southern African Foundation for the Conservation of Coastal Birds (SANCCOB). Adventure Aquarium plans to do a dollar-for-dollar match for all funds raised during the voting period and African Penguin Awareness Weekend.
So which names will win? Scout and Pickles? Bernard and Thumper? Beaker and Squirt? YOU decide!! Only time will tell!