This Valentine's Day, send a Love Letter to your favorite Academy animal, biologist, diver, or scientist to let them know how they set your heart aflutter. We’ll make sure your letter reaches its intended recipient (we’ll even read out loud to Claude if necessary, promise), and you can read other Love Letters by clicking any image below. To write yours, just use our easy form:

Dear Animals and Critters in the Rainforest
We hope you're enjoying the SF winter air and get all the love for V-day!
Sending good vibes, TJ and JD
Senior Curator of Invertebrate Zoology, Terry Gosliner
Terry, you are amazing. And this world can not be more lucky than to have someone like you to go again and again to the Philippines to not only educate the locals as the importance of this hotspot, but to continue to discover new species while they are still there, along with ones that may also open up important medical cures. Not only are you an expert extraordinaire but a real delight to be with, and Chuck and I hope we get to go on more of your botanizing field trips with Marin's chapter of CNPS. Thank you for all you do!
Loretta Brooks and Chuck Heimstadat
Tank Divers
Thank you for taking care of all those fish and keeping their home clean. We appreciate you and always love seeing you when we visit!
Love, The Mieuli Family
Welcome to the WORLD!
Love to You, Jean
Dear Claude,
Every time I go to the Cal academy you are always the thing I'm most excited to see. I think you are the best animal there. You are the animal that convinced me that I want to be a zoologist when I grow up.
Love, Olivia (age 9)
Dear Baby Penguin, Pogo,
You're adorable!
Love, Anyonymous
Dear Pogo
Dear Pogo, Your little flippers look like wings of an airplane, though you will not fly, but waddle and slide on blue ice. Your two dark eyes, black pearls of the ocean deep. Your fluffy white chest mimics the snowy land you are from. May you swim your heart’s content being of the water world and catch fish with the ease of an elder penguin. Your birth, or any birth of a penguin chick is a marvel to the world.
Love, Terri
Dear Poppy (the penguin)
I love you. I hope you are still there.
Love, Saachi
Dear Claude
Welcome and we can't wait to meet you!
Love, the Perlman Blumstein family
Dear Museum Staff,
Thank for helping us create great learning opportunities and family memories.
Love, the Dunaway family
Dear Claude,
You have been a rock for so many years Claude, for the great many who’ve been endeared by your presence in the California Academy of Siences. Also, my guy Caleb totally still thinks you should qualify as a lizard lion. Good on you for that one mate. You are one lucky mississippiensis.
Gearhund Green
To the Scorpions
I love you and you really sting Valentine's Day. Thank you for being at the California Academy. I can't wait to visit you soon.
Scorpion Love, Leo
Dear CA Academy of Sciences staffs:
Thank you to each and every one of you for diligently and patiently handling the crowds in ensuring our visits to be pleasant. As the Exhibits are well kept and displaying each species in upmost beautiful way. Seeing the butterflies flutter around so gracefully and the jelly fish dance in the aquarium displays a sense of calm and content, we the patrons thank you.
Warmly, Sarah
Even though I live in AR I sill watch the penguins and do the activities. I have a very special place in my heart for penguin. My dream is to work with penguin I have penguin pin pal her name is Dory.
Love, Clara
Dear Claude
You are my favorite alligator.
From Nadine, age 4