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Humboldt Penguin Exhibit 2018


Where are the penguins?

Don't worry! The penguins have been moved to the 2nd floor in their temporary exhibit. Penguin feeding presentations are still offered at 10:30am, 12:30pm and 3:00pm.


Why are there walls up?

We are building a new Humboldt penguin exhibit!

  • A $3.5 million project funded through grants and donations
  • It will be 3,500-feet complete with a 1,600-foot habitat, a classroom, quaratine holding center and vet center
    • Can house up to 20 penguins
    • The habitat will have a 4-foot pool with above and below water viewing
    • It will look like the coast of Peru and Chile
  • This new exhibit will allow us to apply for Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA) Accreditation
    • What is the AZA?
      • AZA is the independent accrediting organization for the best zoos and aquariums in America and the world, assuring the public that when they visit an AZA-accredited facility, it meets the highest standards (
    • Without AZA accreditation we cannot bring in more penguins to grow our colony
      • Right now we only have 7 penguins and are considered a geriatric colony
    • The Aquarium has never been accredited or applied for accreditation
  • With AZA accreditation we can start a breeding program under the Species Survival Program (SSP)
    • We can bring in penguins from other institutions
    • This will not only rejuvenate our geriatric colony but also help the threatened Humbolt penguin
  • The exhibit will be completed in Spring 2018
  • Fun facts:
    • We are one of 20 institutions in North America who feature the Humboldt penguin
    • Our colony was established in 1978
    • The first succesful hatch was Josephine in 1984
    • Chile was the last succesful hatch in 2006, he is still with us along with his parents Lou and Araya
    • Humboldt penguins are not from Antartica, they are from Peru and Chile - their habitat is kept between 65-75 degrees
    • 6 out of 7 of our penguins were hatched here - Araya was placed here under the suggestion from the SSP from Rhode Island

Where are all the animals that were behind the walls?

They're all still here for you to see!
  • The penguins are now located on the 2nd floor
  • The sharks are now located in their brand new exhibit next to the Coral Reef
  • The Aquarium added a brand new Great Lakes exhibit

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