Posts Tagged ‘Polk Penguin Conservation Center’

New Penguin Center In Detroit

April 4, 2016

The Penguin Post has learned that the new Polk Penguin Conservation Center will be unveiled to the public on April 18 at the Detroit Zoo. The new home for the zoo’s 83 penguins is shaped like an iceberg and is “designed to set a new standard for penguin care and conservation worldwide”, according to the Zoo.

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On top of the new look, the penguins will have ten times the amount of water: about 325,000 gallons of 37 – degree water. The aquatic areas will also allow the penguins to dive 25 feet below the surface, making the new center the deepest man-made penguin environment anywhere, as well as the largest penguin facility in the world.

Special events are planned for the opening of the center, including a sold-out, black tie, fundraising gala on April 9, called “An Evening in Antarctica.” There will also be a presentation from world-renowned polar ecologist and penguin expert Dr. Bill Fraser on April 10 at 6pm at the zoo’s Ford Education Center. Tickets can be purchased on the Detroit Zoo’s website and are $25.

 

Penguin Center in Detroit Begins To Take Flight

April 10, 2014

The Penguin Post has learned that yesterday, The Detroit Zoo announced that contractors will break ground on the $26 million Polk Penguin Conservation Center in May.  DBusiness reports that this project will last 18 months and is the largest project ever undertaken by the zoo. The new exhibit will be located on 2.1 acres near the zoo’s entrance in Royal Oak and is expected to increase attendance by 100,000 people each year.  Below is an artists rendering of the soon to be new Penguin House.AR-140419992