Monday, June 30, 2014

Penguin Planet at Gulf Coast Exploreum

Penguin planet
Meet the penguins at Gulf Coast Exploreum, (Gulf Coast Exploreum)

By Tamara Ikenberg |
on June 30, 2014

MOBILE, Alabama -- Four African black-footed penguins are about to become residents of the Gulf Coast Exploreum.

On Friday, July 4, the Penguin Planet exhibit will debut at the Exploreum. The endangered penguins will remain through early January 2015.

Sponsored by PNC Bank, Penguin Planet will feature a unique tank created to emulate the penguins' natural habitat.

The exhibit will also include educational displays with facts about the Exploreum's new guests, as well as other penguins from around the world. It will also shed light on how human actions impact the success of the species.

In addition, special trainers will deliver hourly talks about the penguins, which will teach visitors about the penguins' markings, eating habits and more. "We are very excited to offer to the public this unique opportunity to view penguins up-close and to connect with information about this endangered South African species," Donald Comeaux Jr., Assistant Director and Interim Executive Director of the Gulf Coast Exploreum said in a press release. "The educational components of Penguin Planet will allow visitors to engage with current conservation efforts to save the African penguin. There are an estimated 75,000 African penguins left in the wild so it is critical to change environmental practices in order to allow their declining numbers to stabilize."

Visitors will also have the chance to take part in personalized behind-the-scenes penguin encounters.
For more information, call 251-208-6873. The Gulf Coast Exploreum is located at 65 Government St. in downtown Mobile. To learn more, visit


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