The penguins are ready to walk again!
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The penguins are ready to walk again!

Last Updated Jan 11, 2019 at 10:54 am MDT


The annual penguin walk begins on January 12 at the Calgary Zoo

The event goes every day at 11:00 AM until March 31

CALGARY (660 NEWS) – It’s become one of the Calgary Zoo’s most popular attractions, and it kicks off again this weekend — weather permitting.

The penguin walk is expected to start, but as Media Relations Lead with the Zoo Trish Exton-Parder explains, there’s one factor that could stall the march.

“This spring weather that seems to be happening upon us. If that’s the case, we may have to postpone for another day but that’s the nature of this walk. It’s incredibly imperative that these guys get their walk out there when they want to but weather is a bit of a factor. These are cold-weather penguins and so when it gets to above five degrees it’s a little bit hot for them.”

The walks will take every day at 11:00 AM until March 31.

Now in its seventh year, the penguin walk has become a hit with locals and tourists flocking to the Zoo. Exton-Parder explains why.

“We all know that there’s a lot of species at risk out there so we help to spread that message of conservation so people know from all of the messaging that we do that we need to be cognizant of animals and their habitat. That being said, this year we’re really encouraging people to take some action.”

That action is known as the ‘one-degree challenge’ where you’re encouraged to drop the thermostat by one degree to show support for the environment and animals like the penguins.

They're backkkkk! On Saturday, January 12 the 2019 Penguin Walk will officially begin!