Penguins Given to NZP

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Seven Emperor penguins and four Adelie penguins come to the National Zoological Park. They were captured in Little America by seamen of the U.S.S. Atka while on a cruise to the Antarctic. They were presented to the Zoo by Commander Jacobsen, captain of the U.S.S. Atka. This is the third time that the NZP has been presented with Emperor penguins.


  • Jacobsen, Cmdr. Glen
  • National Zoological Park (U.S.)
  • United States Navy
  • Atka (Wind-class Icebreaker)


Chronology of Smithsonian History


  • Torch, May 1955, p. 8
  • Annual Report of the Smithsonian Institution for the year 1955, p. 106

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Institutional History Division, Smithsonian Institution Archives, 600 Maryland Avenue, S.W., Washington, D.C. 20024-2520,


March 16, 1955


  • Animals
  • Collectors and collecting
  • Gifts
  • Penguins


  • Antarctica
  • Polar regions

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