It’s that time of year that will see 16 intrepid ‘waddlers” taking off on the seventh annual Penguin Promises Waddle for a Week on Monday, 8 May. They will be walking the 125km from Gansbaai to Simon’s Town over the course of 6 days, something that I did in 2015. Read my posts here.
Why? It’s all about raising awareness for the endangered African penguin.
There are fewer than 23 000 breeding pairs of African penguins in the wild.
What’s good for penguins is good for all animals, including ourselves. So, during the Waddle, they are asking everyone they meet to make at least one “penguin promise” to help protect this beautiful bird. That’s why this year the team will widen the call for “penguin promises” and would like to invite you and to take part in a special #Waddle2017 Twitterchat on 9 May at 12h00 noon.
You can follow the #Waddle2017 journey at the following link: http://www.aquarium.co.za/waddle2017 And, if you’re interested, you can keep an eye on the #Waddle2017 hashtag and also check out the accounts @Saambr and @penguinpromises. We’re planning lots of online activations next week.
If you have any questions or suggestions, please don’t hesitate to contact Ingrid Sinclair at the Two Oceans Aquarium at Ingrid.Sinclair@aquarium.co.za. This is really one of the most (painful) feel good things I’ve done, and I encourage you to support the waddlers and make your own promises to the environment.
Some examples of these as below:
Some pics from my Penguin Waddle. Read more at Reflections on my week with #PenguinPromises.
With Samantha the Penguin Mascot.
At the finish line with friend and fellow ocean advocate Linda Markovina of Moving Sushi.