Adelie penguins

The Cape Adare Penguin Count

This exhibition is no longer on display at the Museum.

Cape Adare in Antarctica is home to the world's largest Adelie Penguin colony.

In 1899, it was also home to the explorers of Carsten Borchgrevink's Southern Cross expedition, who were the first people to winter over in Antarctica. Their story is told in our exhibition Breaking the Ice: The First Year in Antarctica.

Scientists studying the penguins at Cape Adare use special software to count the birds in aerial photographs. We've projected one of these photos onto the wall of the Museum foyer. If you can guess how many penguins are in the photo, you could win a prize!

Pick up an entry form from the Museum foyer to enter.

Conditions of Entry

Entry must be on an official entry form. Employees of Canterbury Museum and their families are ineligible to enter. Only one entry per person will be accepted. All entrants must be aged 15 and under. The competition closes at 5.00 pm Sunday 28 July 2019. No entries will be accepted after this date. The first eligible entry closest to the number of penguins determined by scientists will receive a prize. Canterbury Museum has sole discretion to determine the winning entry and will not enter into any discussion or correspondence.

This exhibition is no longer on display at the Museum.
3 June – 28 July 2019
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