National Aviary Launches Penguin Nest Cam


12/12/2014

National Aviary Launches Penguin Nest Cam
Penguin Chicks Expected to Hatch Next Week
View the live streaming cam at: www.PenguinNestCam.org

December 12, 2015 (Pittsburgh, PA) – The National Aviary installed a high resolution infrared penguin nest cam this week. It gives the public an intimate view inside the nesting cave of a pair of African Penguins within its Penguin Point exhibit. The pair is Sidney and Bette, parents to two other sets of penguins hatched at the National Aviary in 2012 and 2013.

There are two eggs in the nest, which were laid on November 9th and 11th. The eggs are expected to hatch between December 15 and 18.

“We are thrilled to share this exciting time with the public,” says National Aviary Managing Director Cheryl Tracy. “Penguins are such beloved animals, and the outstanding camera clarity provides a thrilling look into the penguins’ world. This is a wonderful opportunity to raise awareness for this critically endangered species and how we care for them at the National Aviary.”

The National Aviary’s Penguin Point exhibit is home to 17 African Penguins. African Penguins are a critically endangered species, with less than 20,000 remaining the wild. As part of the Association of Zoos and Aquariums' (AZA) Species Survival Plan (SSP), the National Aviary’s penguins are part of an important breeding program to ensure a healthy population of African Penguins for future generations.

The camera and installation services were generously donated by M&P Security Solutions, LLC, a veteran-owned business serving the Greater Pittsburgh Area. The entire project was initiated and implemented in just 10 days.

“We were immediately intrigued by the unique nature of this project as well as the intense challenge it presented,” says Patrick Presto and Jason Martin, co-owners of M&P Security Solutions. “After understanding the budgetary constraints for the project, we decided this would be a great opportunity to give back to our community; we donated the camera and all labor to the National Aviary. Our sincere hope is that this live stream will help excite the public about all the fantastic work the National Aviary is doing.”

Because of this penguin pair’s past breeding successes, the National Aviary is optimistic that all will go well with these new eggs. If all goes as anticipated, the penguin chicks would remain in the nest for the first three to four weeks. They would then be moved inside to be hand-reared by National Aviary staff. This special upbringing will ensure they are ready to fulfill their future roles as ambassadors for their species in the National Aviary’s educational and interactive programs.

The public is invited to watch the cam at www.PenguinNestCam.org, and visitors to the National Aviary can see the cave and glimpses of parents Sidney and Bette and they exchange nest tending duties.


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Contact: Robin Weber 412-258-9435

About the National Aviary
The National Aviary is America’s only independent indoor nonprofit zoo dedicated exclusively to birds. Located in West Park on Pittsburgh’s historic North Side, the National Aviary’s diverse collection comprises 500 birds representing more than 150 species from around the world, many of them threatened or endangered in the wild. The National Aviary’s large walk-through exhibits create an intimate, up-close interaction between visitors and free-flying birds, including opportunities to hand-feed and to meet many species rarely found in zoos anywhere else in the world. Hours of operation are 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. daily.