Penguins Stage Their Own Adorable March For Science

“Science gives us happy feet.”

Being unable to make it to Washington, D.C. for the official March for Science didn't keep this group of five African penguins from taking their own stand on Saturday.

Guided by staff of the Monterey Bay Aquarium in Monterey, Calif., the penguin troop waddled their way through the Kelp Forest gallery at the aquarium in what was dubbed the "The March of the Penguins for Science." Volunteers and visitors cheered the birds on while holding signs with messages such as "Climate science is black and white," "Science gives us happy feet" and "Honk honk. Bray bray. African penguins are here to stay."

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The African penguin lives along the coast of South Africa. Over the past 100 years, wild populations of the species have decreased by 97 percent, and the species was officially moved to the endangered species list in 2010. The colony that lives at the aquarium are closely monitored as part of a plan to protect the species from extinction.

While African penguins are protected from hunting and egg collection, the species is continually threatened by oil pollution and habitat loss. For those who want to help the penguins keep on marching, the Monterey Bay Aquarium recommends making a donation to protect ocean habitats and only purchasing ocean-friendly seafood. 

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