Phanatic Returns To Birthplace

(Guest author today is Tom Burgoyne, best known as the best friend of Phillie Phanatic).

For the first time since his debut as the mascot of the Philadelphia Phillies in 1978, the Phillie Phanatic recently traveled to his homeland, the Galápagos Islands, with the help of Lindblad Expeditions and National Geographic. The Phanatic explored the islands aboard the National Geographic Endeavour, an expedition vessel outfitted for adventure travel with Zodiacs, kayaks, snorkeling gear, underwater video cameras, and a team of naturalists to bring the experience to life.

During his journey, the Phanatic learned how the volcanic islands were formed and about all the unique animal species, plant life, and marine life that exists only in the Galapagos. He got up close to animals that have no fear of humans (or mascots), visited giant tortoises in the wild, and met marine iguanas, penguins, and sea lions on beaches and along the coasts.

As part of the “Be a Phanatic about Reading” program, the Phanatic also visited the Tomas de Berlanga school located in the Highlands of Santa Cruz Island. The Phanatic danced, the children sang, and his book – The Phillie Phanatic’s Galapagos Islands Adventure – was read to the students. Check out for photos of the trip.

The Phillie Phanatic will present a slideshow of his special trip to schools participating in the “Be a Phanatic About Reading” program in the Delaware Valley.

The Phanatic and Lindblad Expeditions are planning a Phillies fan trip back to the Galapagos Islands in late 2012.  For more information about how fans can be part of this trip, email


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