Sunday, August 31, 2014

Ready To Visit Maryland Zoo's Penguin Coast?

By Joanna Campbell
Penguin Coast is set to open September 27th at the Maryland Zoo and I was lucky enough to get a behind the scenes hard-hat tour…

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Penguin Coast will feature a 360-degree swimming area around a specially built facility designed with the animals and keepers in mind. The penguin building, modeled after a makeshift fishing and mining camp, will have better air circulation and a bigger kitchen then the current Rock Island facility, as well as a bathroom, showers, and lockers for keepers. There will also be a state-of-the-art safety system in place with fire alarms, security, and animal escape alarms.

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A super cool new feature will be the option to pay for behind the scene tours with the zoo’s ambassador penguins – with on site education and meet & greets (once the penguins have settled in to their new homes.)

The plan to move the penguins from Rock Island to a new home has been years in the making, but the actual construction started in July 2013. The 11-million-dollar project makes use of the old Hippo House, which has been vacant since 1999.

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The Maryland Zoo has the one of the top penguin programs in the world, and their new home on Penguin Coast will showcase our little tuxedo-ed feathered friends in a fun and accessible way for fans of all ages!

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