Midwest Penguin Exhibit That Needs Your Help

When you think of penguins, the first thing you probably think of is an Antarctic climate full of snow and ice. But there’s plenty of penguins that live in temperate climates: and those are the ones we usually find in our zoo’s and aquariums.  Especially, the smaller zoo’s that don’t have the resources to build indoor climate controlled exhibits that feature penguins in need of a colder environment like Emperor’s, King’s, Adelie’s and Chinstraps.

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Now the Penguin Post has learned that there’s an African penguin exhibit at the Henson Robinson Zoo in Springfield, Illinois that needs your help. The penguin home is nearly 30 years old, and the zoo staff is hoping you can help build a healthier environment for the penguins to call home.

“The fundraiser invites the youth of the community to help out the zoo’s African penguins by collecting pennies, nickels, dimes, quarters, and even dollars to help build them a new home,” Kim Alexander of the Henson Robinson Zoo said. “Bring the banks back to the zoo, or take the money to any Springfield-area Illinois National Bank to deposit the money for the penguins.” The zoo’s plans include demolition and rebuilding of the building that houses the penguins, as well as a renovation of the outdoor space to more closely mimic the penguins’ natural environment.


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