It's always sad when a well-loved animal dies at one of our favorite places.

Checkers was loved by so many when they visited the aquarium. We are so sorry to hear about Checker's passing.

From Jenkinson's Aquarium Facebook page:

We are saddened to announce the passing of our beloved African penguin, Checkers due to age related kidney issues.
She was hatched here at the aquarium on February 18, 1995. As an amazing ambassador animal, she helped educate and raise awareness for African penguin conservation through our various education programs. She was the sweetest girl with the most endearing personality that stole the hearts of all who encountered her.
Checkers also played an important role in the survival of her species. In her time her, she not only become a mother, but a grandmother and even great-grandmother! She was a favorite among our animal care staff, who are mourning the loss of this special little lady. She will be truly missed by all.
Jenkinson's Aquarium Facebook Page
Jenkinson's Aquarium Facebook Page

One of the greatest gems of New Jersey is Jenkinson's Aquarium. It is a fun place to learn and check out so many cool things. From seals to penguins to sharks this place has it all. And, I mentioned Wally, the Sloth. Especially in wintertime is when I took my daughter, it's the perfect place. I used to take her every year, sometimes twice a winter. It never grew old on us. The newly renovated second floor looks amazing and I can't wait to check it out.

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The gift shop on your way out of the aquarium is one of the best on any boardwalk. Make sure to check it out on your way out of the aquarium.

Thank you - Jenkinson's Aquarium for taking care of all the animals at the aquarium, you do an amazing job.

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