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 Ants!
Thank you for doing the heavy lifting throughout the pandemic. We hope to see you hustling soon!
Love, Baby Who Adores You
Dear Ms. Lungfish
You are our absolute favorite to visit at the Academy! Wishing you many more years of health and lots yummy lungfish treats!
Love, The Lai Family
Dear Staff,
You've been a part of our family for years, even though you may not know us all personally. We treasure every trip and every interaction from Nightlife to the TADS program. You've not only encouraged us to dig deeper and enjoy learning but also to just stop and look around the world in amazement. We love sharing you with friends and you're always a stop when visitors come to town.
Thank you, the Stephenson family
Dear Claude
I remember when you first arrived at the SF Zoo and I my parents took me to visit you. I was so amazed that an alligator could look exactly like the white chocolate alligators the zoo had in stores! We bought a magnet of you to commemorate the event. When you moved to the Cal Academy, we were super excited to visit you in your new home! We love checking you out and counting all but one of your toes. Stay cool!
Love, Randomlyns
Dear Claude,
It’s been so many years since I’ve seen you! I was a girl in elementary school! Now I am a homesick San Franciscan stuck on the Least Coast, anxious for my girls to meet you. Hopefully it won’t be much longer before we meet again.
With thanks for being so great, Nancy
Dear Academy,
Thank you for providing a safe place for us to visit while being pregnant during the pandemic. We had a great time. You guys even played a role in choosing a name for our little one. The academy will always have a special place in our hearts.
Love, New Parents
Dear Staff and Administration
Thank you very much for all the hard work you do for us. I wholeheartedly would like to say Thank you! Happy Valentines!
Love, the Guedes-Demello family
Biologist Spencer
YOU ARE THE BEST WE LOVE YOU AUNT SPENCER! Thanks for helping us feel nature connected
the Harrison fam - Eva and Judah and co.
Dearest Academy!
You fill my boring days of napping, counting toys and drinking milk with excitement! I am turning 2 soon and I hope I get to spend more time with you before I get dragged into pre-k. I love everything that you have and all the people that spend their time making the Academy the best place for everyone to visit! Happy Valentine's Day
Love, Aristotle
Dear Staff
Thank you so much for all of your great exhibit planning; I always leave with new ideas for my students. As I'm not local, I love the aquarium@home! A special thank you to the library people too. And the animals: the penguins, everyone in the aquarium, especially the jellies and rays.
Dear Earthquake Exhibit,
You shake my soul. Every time my kids drag me to you, I have to still my beating heart because my heart is like, beating very, very fast. Inside, we all cling to your metal-bar thingy as you quake and rumble because, wow, you are really a mover and a shaker. Honestly, you can be a bit intense, but you are exceedingly well-designed and highly educational. Still, relationships are about feelings and every time I leave you, I feel so very happy and relieved and ALIVE! I nearly skip away to go see the butterflies and I appreciate them all the more for our brief, terrifying time together. Thank you for reminding us all of the beauty and fragility of everything that surrounds us.
Hopefully we meet again, but not for a good long while, Chantal
Thanks for helping with my penguin addiction.
Thanks for your sweet friendship and shared love of 'guins. :)
Thank you for being the most entertaining animal on earth and providing hours of smiles and laughs
Dear Penguins,
I love you little water dogs! Mwuah Mwuah