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  • (upbeat music)

  • - Good morning guys, I'm Jason Jones,

  • one of the associate curators here at the Georgia Aquarium.

  • Our doors are currently not open to the public

  • but we're gonna go behind-the-scenes and take a peek

  • and see how we're caring for our animals

  • while we're closed.

  • I'm right now about to walk into the building

  • but social distancing is one of the most important factors

  • as we have come to learn recently.

  • And so I'm going to be putting on my facemask

  • before interacting with any of the people.

  • One of our team members moms actually constructed

  • these face masks out of fabric and have given them to us.

  • So that's a really awesome way to

  • help protect ourselves and keep us safe.

  • We've divided our staff into two different teams,

  • a red team and a blue team

  • that enables us to work for several days in a row

  • without crossover and that's true

  • for all areas within the building.

  • - [Man With Glasses] Good morning, Jason.

  • How are you? - Good morning, good,

  • how are you? - Not too bad, all right.

  • - [Jason] Every day we get a wristband

  • and each day has a different corresponding color

  • so that all of the security knows

  • that we are here on the appropriate day

  • and where we're supposed to be.

  • I am now headed up to my office

  • and we are gonna check in and get ready for the day.

  • Oh good morning, Jen.

  • - [Jen] Good morning, Jason.

  • - [Jason] I am all checked in, so now

  • I'm just gonna pop on my boots

  • and we'll head downstairs and check in on the penguins.

  • So it looks like some of our trainers

  • are doing a quick session with some of our harbor seals.

  • Good morning guys.

  • - [Woman] Good morning.

  • - [Jason] How's it going?

  • - [Woman] So far, so good.

  • - [Jason] All right, time to go on downstairs

  • and check on the penguins.

  • Here we are at my home base,

  • right in front of our African penguin habitat.

  • While we have made some slight modifications,

  • it's business as usual for cleaning

  • and maintaining the habitat here at the Georgia Aquarium.

  • Hi Tamu.

  • I don't really think that the penguins notice too much.

  • We're still going out and interacting with them.

  • We're still feeding them a couple times a day.

  • We're still going out to the habitat and cleaning

  • so they may not notice as many people

  • out in the habitat, but in general,

  • I don't think that they notice too much of a difference.

  • Courtney, one of our trainers, is doing

  • an interactive enrichment session

  • where she is moving a bubble wand around

  • in an attempt to get some bubbles

  • for the penguins to interact with.

  • This is something that we as animal caretakers do

  • every single day.

  • We look for opportunities to engage with our animals,

  • find novel things that are different than the norm

  • and it's a really great way to provide

  • some mental stimulation and physical activity

  • for them as well

  • here at the Georgia Aquarium we have African penguins

  • and we've been really fortunate to partner with

  • SANCCOB which is an institution out in South Africa

  • where they rescue and rehabilitate

  • various seabirds, including African penguins.

  • So a couple of years ago I had the fortunate opportunity

  • to travel out there and do some chick bolstering

  • and work with their rescue penguins

  • before releasing them which was

  • a pretty awe-inspiring experience.

  • Right now we're headed into the back of our penguin habitat

  • so I can check on our little, they're not really

  • chicks anymore, our juvenile penguins

  • that hatched this year.

  • These guys are growing and changing really quickly.

  • We're noticing that there personalities

  • are starting to emerge.

  • Some of them are little bit more shy,

  • some of them are very outgoing,

  • they're all though very vocal.

  • They're still at the point where they're eating lots of food

  • and growing pretty quickly.

  • But they're getting close to full-grown size.

  • They grow from hatchling to the size right here

  • within three months.

  • Developing a strong relationship with the penguin

  • enables us to train them to let us

  • look at their wings or open up their mouths

  • or look at the bottoms of their feet,

  • touch them all over.

  • We built this relationship of trust

  • and so they allow us to do all these different things

  • and right now my relationship

  • is reinforcing enough for them.

  • So I don't have any fish to give her now,

  • but I can use this relationship as a way

  • to reinforce a reward for good behavior, huh?

  • Pretty unique family tree and we're excited

  • to watch them grow up.

  • All right guys, time to go check in on our adults.

  • Right now I'm stepping out onto

  • the African penguin habitat just to take a peek

  • and see what all of our adults are doing.

  • Most of them are just kinda hanging out.

  • Now the facemasks are something

  • that they're kinda getting use to.

  • We'll see if they react to them.

  • But Chiku seems pretty comfortable hanging out.

  • Even though we're closed to the public

  • it's still really important that we maintain the facility.

  • What are you doing, man?

  • Hi buddy, hi handsome.

  • This is Gibson, one of our rescued southern sea otters.

  • Working with the animal teams behind-the-scenes,

  • I don't often get the opportunity

  • to walk through the aquarium and see different aspects

  • in different galleries, particularly

  • when the public isn't here.

  • So I'm right now walking into our Ocean Voyager tunnel

  • and I get this awesome opportunity

  • to take a minute to myself and just zen out

  • amongst all these awesome creatures

  • that are swimming around me.

  • Hey Tank.

  • Tank is one of our green sea turtles

  • who is in our Ocean Voyager habitat.

  • I don't generally get the opportunity

  • to see him too often as I'm not down in the galleries,

  • usually working behind the scenes,

  • but it's a really awesome opportunity

  • for me to walk into a super quiet gallery

  • and just enjoy the serenity and peace that exists.

  • It's really sad that we don't have guests here

  • filling the space but for a minute or two

  • it's a pretty awesome opportunity for me.

  • So right now I'm walking into our Ocean Voyager gallery

  • right in front of our most iconic giant windowpane

  • that looks directly into this habitat

  • which is 6.3 million gallons of water

  • and has umpteen species of fish, whale sharks,

  • manta rays, spotted rays, but, I mean,

  • this is just unbelievable.

  • It really is a window into another world

  • and we're definitely excited to be able to

  • share this with you guys again in the future.

  • Right before I get back to work I'm stopping

  • at our tropical barrier reef habitat.

  • And this is a really good reminder for me

  • to let you guys know that a lot of your local

  • zoos and aquariums around the country

  • are also going through this troubled time

  • and they rely heavily on your support.

  • So we encourage you to reach out to them

  • or look onto their websites or Facebook pages

  • for more information about how you can contribute.

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