Penguins Plump Up Coffers In S.C. Aquarium

The Penguin Post has learned that the lovable penguins at the South Carolina Aquarium are all dressed up and apparently not going anywhere.
Although, originally scheduled to waddle away in March, the four Magellanic penguins will stick around through October in the aquarium’s Penguin Planet exhibit.
The penguins have apparently been a hit for the waterfront facility since they arrived last March, helping to boost attendance to about 438,000 visitors last year, an 11.5 percent increase over 2008.
Their presence also helped fatten the aquarium’s coffers with more than $1 million in profit through October.  Final figures for 2009 will be released in about 10 days.
“We have had so much success with them,” aquarium spokeswoman Elizabeth Bender said. “They have been a great tourism and visitor driver.”
In addition, the aquarium will permanently add the up-close Waddle Wagon program to its weekly program schedule starting Thursday.
Started during the holidays, the program features an aquarium staff member rolling out one of the penguins in a wagon so visitors can check it out close up. The “Waddle Wagon” will run at 2 p.m. Thursdays through Sundays.

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