Penguin Footprint Ornament
Exclusive! The round ceramic ornaments are three inches in diameter and feature one footprint on each side. Available footprint colors are red and green or blue and purple against a white background.
Creating these one-of-a-kind works with their feet is a form of enrichment for the penguins. The penguins have been trained to hold out their feet as part of the aquarium’s animal care program; allowing veterinarians and animal care professionals to easily examine the feet of each penguin. Utilizing this important behavior, the trainers can dab non-toxic paint on them and then bring the ornament to the penguin’s foot to capture their footprint.
A portion of the proceeds from each sale support Mystic Aquarium’s mission programs of conservation, education and research including the aquarium’s many penguin conservation efforts here and across the world. Over the last ten years, the world’s African penguin population has decreased by over 70 percent, placing them on the Endangered Species list is 2010. The penguins at Mystic Aquarium play an integral role in the African Penguin Species Survival Plan and the work being done by the aquarium’s staff is helping researchers better understand penguins in the wild.