Southern African Foundation for the Conservation of Coastal Birds

Kids Skype with Princess to learn about penguins

Interactive lessons are the best way to grab the attention of today’s techsavvy youngsters. So what better way to teach them about the plight of the endangered African penguin, than by putting them face to face with one on Skype?

With the help of SANCCOB’s Education Manager, Tamlyn Hardy, Princess the penguin Skyped with 770 learners and 40 educators across 6 countries earlier this year.

Kids ask:

Why do some penguins pair for life? It’s all about survival. If you’re an African penguin, your number one goal in life is to have as many chicks as possible. But hatching an egg and raising a chick is a long, hard process, which the mother bird simply can’t manage on her own. If she had to sit on an egg for the 40 days it takes to hatch, she’d starve to death! African penguins split the parenting duties straight down the middle, with each taking turns to sit on the egg or guard the chick while the other goes out to hunt for food. Parent birds simply don’t have the time or energy for more than one partner!

July 19, 2016

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