May 1, 2012
The Aquarium will unveil its newest animal exhibit, the June Keyes Penguin Habitat, on May 17. This exhibit will be home to more than a dozen Magellanic Penguins, a temperate penguin species native to South America. These are the first penguins in the Aquarium’s collection.
Visitors to the new June Keyes Penguin Habitat will be able to get up close with Magellanic Penguins and learn what can be done to help their counterparts in the wild. This new permanent exhibit is located outdoors on the second floor near the Aquarium’s ray pool.
The exhibit includes a crawl-in space, allowing visitors to feel as if they are in the exhibit with the animals. Exhibit panels and interactive touch screens will provide information about penguins and issues that are affecting their survival in the wild. The habitat features a rocky area, a beach, and a pool for swimming. Visitors will be able to view the penguins both above and below the water.
The exhibit also includes nesting areas resembling the burrows that Magellanic Penguins use for laying eggs and rearing their chicks. Life-sized models of penguins representing other species will also be a part of the exhibit area.
Aquarium members can preview the new exhibit and see the penguins during preview events May 14, 15, and 16. For more information, click here. The exhibit opens to the public on May 17.