By MICHAEL SAGAL, Associated PressMARYLAND (AP) It’s time to give the penguin a place to rest and a new name: Pegasus Craft.
The Smithsonian’s National Museum of American History and Culture will be known as the Piggles Craft Center.
Pegans craft will be a staple of the National Park Service’s conservation program as it expands the number of penguin-themed exhibits, and the name change could give visitors a new understanding of how the iconic bird evolved into what is now an iconic and valuable national asset.
The project will be launched with the unveiling of a new exhibit in the National Archives of the United States titled “Pegas and Pigeons: The Story of the Pigeon” on Sept. 3, 2019.
Piglets, known as penguins, are considered an endangered species and must be preserved by the National Zoo and the Smithsonian Institution.
They are considered “solitary, vulnerable and misunderstood” by the conservation movement, said Julie Luscher, assistant curator for the National Parks Service’s penguin program.
The exhibit, which includes a penguin house, a penguins exhibit, a “penguin-friendly” penguin farm and a penguinian museum, will focus on the origins of the penguins.
Penguins, a tiny, flightless bird, are descended from the ancestors of birds such as the rufous owl, which is now considered a species of bird.
It’s the only avian species with a flight.
Pigeins are small and light, weighing about 40 pounds and reaching about 10 feet in length.
Their wingspan is more than 15 feet.
Pigs, like penguins and their cousins, are an endangered and misunderstood species, said Luschers.
They’re “really, really, really small,” she said.
They don’t live long enough to have babies, which means they’re usually confined to the wild.