Though Shedd Aquarium is now open to the public, the popular penguin field trip videos have not stopped. In fact, the penguins are taking advantage of the opportunity to leave the nest and explore Chicago as it reopens. In the most recent video, the now-famous penguins waddled over to visit some specimens at the neighboring Field Museum.
While there, Izzy and Darwin, a bonded pair of Magellanic penguins, stood under the towering Máximo the Titanosaur and made a special visit to see SUE, the famous T. rex. The penguins got the special chance to visit the museum early, but the public will soon get the chance to return as well, as the Field Museum will share details of their reopening in the coming days.
In the meantime, the public is encouraged to visit the aquarium and all the penguins who have kept our spirits high during Shedd’s nearly four months of closure. Purchasing a ticket helps fuel the aquarium’s mission and offset the financial impacts of COVID-19. The public can also explore several ways to make a contribution to benefit the aquarium’s research, conservation and animal care efforts.
VISUALS: Magellanic penguin pair, Izzy and Darwin, from the Shedd Aquarium stretch their wings and visit their neighbors at the Field Museum. This is the latest in a slew of “field trips” shared by the aquarium that demonstrates how the animal care team introduces exercise and variety for the penguins each day as part of a comprehensive welfare plan.
The video can be viewed and downloaded here: https://personal.filesanywhere.com/fs/v.aspx?v=8e6a688a5d6270ae6e9a
Video credit: ©Shedd Aquarium