Too Hot For Penguins? Not In Steamy KC.

Heat and humidity are not fun for us people types, but if you’re a penguin at the Kansas City Zoo, it’s not so hard keeping cool.  45 degrees is the temperature penguins like. And to keep it that way, it has to snow. Their place at the Kansas City Zoo is their own mid-west version of Antarctica and it comes equipped with snow. For the penguins, it’s their home away from home.


“Sometimes they’ll play a game; it’s like king of the hill basically. There’s a big mound of snow so they’ll climb to the top and try to knock their buddies off the top as they get to the top. It’s really fun to watch,” said Tim Steinmetz, an animal curator at the Kansas City Zoo. The penguin exhibit is one of the most popular at the zoo and is barely a year old. It’s something everyone can appreciate. 23603136_BG1

Two-year-old Haley Levy pulled her mom away from a tv interview to get a better look at her favorite birds. There are more than 60 to watch. “We love watching them swim and play. They interact and go up to the glass with us. They come up and try to chase your finger like you’re trying to eat them,” said the Levy’s. There are three different types of penguins and to keep them all happy, the water and air is kept at 45 degrees. Two machines constantly spit out snow into mounds.


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