SeaWorld visits Arizona

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by Tami Hoey

azfamily.com

Posted on May 2, 2013 at 12:21 PM

PHOENIX --  Lots of folks are busy planning summer trips to Southern California. And a favorite family destination is SeaWorld.

But on Thursday's Good Morning Arizona, SeaWorld came to us!  Animal Ambassador Julie Scardina brought along some interesting residents of the animal park.

"Pete the Penguin" looked a little out of place here in the desert, but he thrives in SeaWorld's Penguin Encounter. "They've got more feathers per square inch than any other bird," Scardina says. She also says some new penguin chicks are getting ready to hatch.

A colorful chameleon also made an appearance on Thursday's show. "They are the most unique reptile out there," Scardina says. "Not only do they have the long tongues with the sticky ends, but their eyes rotate individually, so they can look at two things at once."

Scott Pasmore was lucky enough to hold a giant snake, called a Dumeril's boa. "They're beautiful animals and of course they're very beneficial," says Scardina.

And your kids will probably recognize another fellow. He's a lemur, just like in the movie Madagascar.  He's part of SeaWorld's new show: Madagascar Live! Operation: Vacation.

It's an original live musical show featuring the characters from DreamWorks Animation SKG, Inc.'s beloved "Madagascar" franchise. This 20 minute show will follow the antics of Alex the Lion, Gloria the Hippo, King Julien, Mort and the penguins during their vacation adventure. The show will debut at SeaWorld's Mission Bay Theater on June 15.

If you want to check out some of these creatures yourself, Scardina and her crew will be at the Chandler AAA Office from 3:30 to 5pm Thursday. That office is located at 4040 W. Ray Road.

For more information on SeaWorld, visit www.seaworld.com.

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