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ONLINE EXPERIENCE

The Art of Penguin Conservation

Cape Town, South AfricaPart of Field Trips Online Experiences

Online experience hosted by Jon

90 mins
Up to 10 people. Private groups available for up to 30
Join from your computer, phone, or tablet
Hosted in English

What you'll do

Waddle with me into the fascinating world of one Africa's most enigmatic—and endangered bird species

Over the course of a fun and informative chat /drawing class you’ll discover little-known facts and amazing insights into the unique lifestyle of our penguins and the conservation challenges they face using photos, graphics, video and an interactive quiz.
Your completed artwork at the end will form part of a global penguin conservation project and so by participating in this experience, you’ll be directly contributing to the conservation of African penguins!

This can be added to your home-school schedule as a biology, conservation, and art class, or it can be a fun way to connect as a family apart during lock down. This is also a great experience for corporate teams working remotely or as a celebration of birthdays and special events.
This is a "Family Experience" so you might be booking into a group where 1 or more children are present - book a Private Experience for just your group.
Waddle with me into the fascinating world of one Africa's most enigmatic—and endangered bird species

Over the course of a fun and informative chat /drawing class you’ll discover little-known facts and amazing insights into the unique lifestyle of our penguins and the conservation challenges they face using photos, graphics, video and an interactive quiz.
Your completed artwork at the end will form part of a global penguin conser…

How to participate

  • Join a video call
    Use Zoom to participate on your desktop or mobile device. After you book you’ll receive an email with a link and details on how to join.
  • Book a private group
    Jon can host private groups of any size, up to 30 guests. Private group rates start at $40.

What to bring

  • A smartphone, laptop, or tablet with stable internet connection to watch the live stream
  • An enquiring mind
  • Your home #StayHome
  • Craft supplies: piece of blank paper, black paint OR black marker-pen (thick), pink paint OR marker-pen / crayon, gluestick, pencil, small paintbrush, pair of scissors, inner paper roll (e.g. from a toilet paper roll)
    Craft supplies: piece of blank paper, black paint OR black marker-pen (thick), pink paint OR marker-pen / crayon, gluestick, pencil, small p…
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Wed, Mar 10
$19 per person
11:00 AM - 12:30 PM (EST)
$19 per person
Thu, Mar 11
$19 per person
10:00 AM - 11:30 AM (EST)
$19 per person
Mon, Mar 15
$19 per person
1:00 PM - 2:30 PM (EDT)
Join 1 other guest
$19 per person

Meet your host, Jon

Host on Airbnb since 2015
  • 248 Reviews
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Penguins and I go way back. A lifetime penguin conservationist, my career was inspired at the age of 9 when I encountered one of the first pairs of African penguins to ever nest on South African soil. I wrote a story about them that got published, thus beginning my journey with penguins now going on 38 years (and counting). I’m a widely published journalist, author, honorary ranger, shark-loving surfer and host of the popular airbnb offline experience 'Penguin Walk with A Conservationist' and co-host of the 'Penguin Paddle' and 'Kelp Forest Safari'.

The unfinished story of the endangered African penguin is currently being written and I invite you to be a part of it…
Penguins and I go way back. A lifetime penguin conservationist, my career was inspired at the age of 9 when I encountered one of the first pairs of African penguins to ever nest on South African soil. I wrote a story about them that got published, thus beginning my journey with penguins now going on 38 years (and counting). I’m a widely published journalist, author, honorary ranger, shark-loving surfer and host of the popular airbnb offline experience 'Penguin Walk with A Conservationist' and co…
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About the organization: AfriOceans Conservation Alliance



Established in 2002, AfriOceans Conservation Alliance (AOCA) is a registered nonprofit organisation known globally for its unique campaign work, exciting research projects, and education and awareness initiatives. As leaders in marine-focused environmental education in South Africa, we conduct R-E-A-L projects: Research, Education, Awareness, Lobbying. Join us!

This is a social impact experience where 100% of what you pay for this experience goes to AfriOceans Conservation Alliance.
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Rated 4.96 out of 5 from 248 reviews.

Terri And John
February 2021
Jon is great! So friendly and engaging! The kids will love drawing the Penguin at the end. Geared more towards younger children but we still loved learning about Penguins.
Benedetta
February 2021
I absolutely recommend the experience offered by Jon and his team. You can really feel his passion about penguins and his dedication for protecting African penguins. An amazing experience!
Bryanne
February 2021
Jon was a really fun host and taught us a lot about penguins and penguin conservation. He was very engaging and kept us entertained. We are hopeful to be able to go on an in-person tour with him in the future! Highly recommend!
Tara
February 2021
Jon opens with penguins, but before you know it you'll find yourself immersed in the real and engaging world of wildlife conservation in South Africa. I recommend this experience for anyone who cares about the well-being of penguins, sharks, snakes, birds and understands the power of tourism (online and off) for social change.
Jon opens with penguins, but before you know it you'll find yourself immersed in the real and engaging world of wildlife conservation in South Africa. I recommend this experience f…
Lorna
February 2021
We spent 90 minutes with Jon as a team building experience - we just wanted an escape given we've all been working from home for a year and are feeling tired of the monotony of our day to day - and Jon definitely provided that break :). He had us in giggles with his anecdotes and we loved the videos in particular. We also got quite competitive over our penguin pictures after wards. Overall a very chill, easy to engage, inclusive team activity for a Friday afternoon.
We spent 90 minutes with Jon as a team building experience - we just wanted an escape given we've all been working from home for a year and are feeling tired of the monotony of our…
Stephen
January 2021
Jon, aka "Shrimpy" (his penguin name) was AMAZING! Who knew that for a long time people thought penguins were fish!? What brings this experience over the top is Shrimpy's amazing sense of humor, seriously give this man a microphone and a stage! Informative, passionate, caring, Jon as I'll now refer to him takes you on a journey of conservation, danger, even suspense and you root for all the wonderful penguins and learn so many endearing things about them. You'll even learn *your* penguin name! Mine is Fishface, go figure! Great for families, groups, kids and people who care about the animal kingdom. Thanks Shrimpy, and hats off to Sushi, Shrimpy's penguin pal!
Jon, aka "Shrimpy" (his penguin name) was AMAZING! Who knew that for a long time people thought penguins were fish!? What brings this experience over the top is Shrimpy's amazing s…

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Cancellation policy

Any experience can be canceled and fully refunded within 24 hours of purchase, or at least 7 days before the experience starts.

Guest requirements

You’ll need an internet connection and the ability to stream audio and video to participate. A link and details on how to join will be included in your booking confirmation email.