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ONLINE EXPERIENCE

The Art of Penguin Conservation

Rated 4.96 out of 5 from 202 reviews.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— marine bird species. This experience normally takes place on a beautiful beach but due to a national lock-down effort to contain the coronavirus, it is now brought to you live from my living room! You will however get to build your very own craft penguin or we will channel our inner penguin-Picasso and draw a swimming penguin!

Over the course of a one-and-a-bit hour chat /crafts workshop you’ll discover little-known facts and amazing insights into the unique lifestyle of the African penguin via photos, graphics and video that takes us from the dawn of penguins to the modern day.

You’ll learn how to tell a "she" from a "he" and how to determine their age. We’ll even plot their evolution as one of the first true prehistoric "land-swimmers." Virtually, we’ll meet a supporting cast of coastal creatures—extras in the ongoing saga of these undeniably cute but highly threatened birds.

I want to provide a fun and educational experience that the entire family can enjoy! This can be added to your class schedule as a biology, conservation, and art class, or it can just be something fun to do as a family on the weekend. Most importantly, by participating in this experience, you’ll be directly contributing to the conservation of African penguins via our NGO work.
Adjustable to your age group.
Waddle with me into the fascinating world of one Africa's most enigmatic—and endangered— marine bird species. This experience normally takes place on a beautiful beach but due to a national lock-down effort to contain the coronavirus, it is now brought to you live from my living room! You will however get to build your very own craft penguin or we will channel our inner penguin-Picasso and draw a swimming penguin!

Over the course of a…

How to participate

  • Join a video call
    Download Zoom for free on a 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 $19.

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, Oct 28
2:00 PM - 3:30 PM (EDT)
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Meet your host, Jon

Host on Airbnb since 2015
  • 202 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 Boulders Beach. I wrote a story about them that got published, thus beginning my journey with penguins (and publishing!) that has Iasted for 37 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".

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 Boulders Beach. I wrote a story about them that got published, thus beginning my journey with penguins (and publishing!) that has Iasted for 37 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 Cons…
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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 202 reviews.

Ryan
October 2020
This was our first online experience and it was awesome. Jon was incredibly friendly and the experience was so informative. We would 100% recommend it, especially if you have children!
Kat
October 2020
Jon is a super star! He is hilarious and our daughters literally squealed when we signed them up for a third time! Jon always shows such interest in their lives and gives them choices and makes them feel like rockstars. He is so knowledgeable about penguins and makes the kiddos passionate about them too! He remembered their special penguin names and again had them constantly laughing! We can’t wait to return! Jon went out of his way to give their private session a special touch!
Jon is a super star! He is hilarious and our daughters literally squealed when we signed them up for a third time! Jon always shows such interest in their lives and gives them choi…
Mel
October 2020
Jon was on point for the whole experience. He has a quick wit and easy going personality and was full of interesting information. My 12 year old was engaged for the full class. Jon asked questions, showed videos, offered facts, and had my child drawing a picture of a penguin. Even I enjoyed it and penguins are not my spirit animal.
Jon was on point for the whole experience. He has a quick wit and easy going personality and was full of interesting information. My 12 year old was engaged for the full class. Jo…
Patrick
October 2020
Jon is great and fun and knowledgeable. This was a wonderful way to learn about penguins and to support an organization doing good in the world. I booked this for a group of high schoolers. The attendees were engaged.
Michelle
October 2020
This was an interesting and engaging experience. We learned a lot about penguins. Jon really is an expert and he showed us some video and audio from the penguins that he works with. His conservation work is really important and it was very rewarding to learn about it. A great drawing lesson too!
This was an interesting and engaging experience. We learned a lot about penguins. Jon really is an expert and he showed us some video and audio from the penguins that he works wi…
Lisa
October 2020
Wonderful program my family thoroughly enjoyed. Jon was a fantastic host - so was Sushi- I can highly recommend and I will be looking to participate in more “experiences” Thank you

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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.

More tips

This is a "Family Experience" so you might be booking into a group where 1 / more children are also participating. If you would prefer an experience without children or with only your group or own self attending, please select the "Private Booking" option.