With the advent of the Coronavirus, we know that the overseas tourism sector is taking a belting, which should be encouraging, in normal circumstances, for domestic tourism.
Sadly, that’s not the case, with isolation measures seeing a downturn across the board in tourism dollars and activities.
However, with a downturn in all human tourism, what do the attractions do when human tourism goes down?
Well, apparently they become tourists themselves!
Shedd Aquarium, in Chicago, is closed due to the Coronavirus, so their resident penguins got out and about!
Penguins in the Amazon?! 🐧🌴— Shedd Aquarium (@shedd_aquarium) March 15, 2020
Some of the penguins went on a field trip to meet other animals at Shedd. Wellington seemed most interested in the fishes in Amazon Rising! The black-barred silver dollars also seemed interested in their unusual visitor. pic.twitter.com/KgYWsp5VQD
Even better, while staff are staying home, the penguins are chipping in around the office doing all sorts of admin tasks… or at least trying to learn how to do them without thumbs…
While this may be a strange time for us, these days feel normal for animals at Shedd. Our caregivers are constantly providing new experiences for the animals to explore and express their natural behaviors with. Let us know what penguin activities you would like to see! (3/3) pic.twitter.com/ftlow7iPHl— Shedd Aquarium (@shedd_aquarium) March 16, 2020
With penguins native to the Antarctic, some exotic locations, such as South East Asia, proved too tempting to avoid for the real life pingus…
Penguins like Edward and Annie will begin to build their nests next week. Join us digitally for nesting coverage! In the meantime, we will be sharing lots of different animal updates (and yes, Wellington will return!) 🐧👀 (2/3) pic.twitter.com/eCYKOwdOMz— Shedd Aquarium (@shedd_aquarium) March 16, 2020
And when the opportunity came up to look at their native hydro-habitat without having to worry about being chased by polar bears*, they took it with both….. flippers!
The adventure continues! 🐧🐧— Shedd Aquarium (@shedd_aquarium) March 16, 2020
This morning, Edward and Annie explored Shedd’s rotunda. They are a bonded pair of rockhopper penguins, which means they are together for nesting season. Springtime is nesting season for penguins at Shedd, and this year is no different! (1/3) 👇 pic.twitter.com/VdxN3oQAfe
I’d love to go to an aquarium and see the penguins let loose for the day!
What other animals, at a zoo or aquarium, would you love to see let loose for a day of free interaction?
*Well done if you picked up on the little egg I left behind there! Yes, I know polar bears are arctic and penguins are Antarctic. Just seeing if you’re paying attention!