Thursday, February 4, 2010

S.C. Aquarium Penguin News

S.C. Aquarium to keep penguins an extra seven months after successful stay

Staff Report
Published Feb. 2, 2010
Four penguins that helped boost crowds at the S.C. Aquarium during 2009 will stay at the attraction seven months longer than planned.

The Magellenic penguins, featured in the Penguin Planet exhibit, arrived in town in March 2009 and were slated to leave one year later. But now they will stay through October.

S.C. Aquarium to keep penguins an extra seven months (Photo/S.C. Aquarium)Last year aquarium officials said visitor traffic during May and June was the best for those months in five years. February and April set all-time records for visitors those months at the downtown attraction, which opened in 2000.
The penguins weren’t the only reason for the jump, officials have said. The aquarium saw an increase in regional and local visitors taking “stay-cations.”

Also, last February’s record crowds came before the birds arrived. That month the aquarium offered reduced admission prices for South Carolina residents.

The February promotion is back this year. All month, adults with proof of South Carolina residency can get in for the child’s admission rate of $10.95, a savings of $7.

The Penguin Planet exhibit includes interactive learning games for children, educational displays about the effects of climate change in South Carolina and daily feeding programs.

At 2 p.m. Thursdays through Sundays, aquarium employees escort a penguin through the building in a special “Waddle Wagon” for up-close viewing.


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