Tuesday, November 18, 2014

A Detroit TV station’s Penguin Cam gives you a glimpse of the average penguin day

Watch Penguin Cam Live: Sneak a Peek of Detroit Zoo's Penguins
WDIV-TV, Channel 4, has placed a camera at the Detroit Zoo’s Penguinarium, where three sub-Antarctic species of penguins – king, macaroni and rockhopper – live.

The penguinarium is the first facility in North America with habitat created specifically for penguins. A continuous pool surrounding the three-sided habitat allows the penguins to swim fast enough to porpoise, or “fly through the water,” as they would in the wild.

The TV station’s camera is live daily from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. ET, the zoo said on its Facebook page,
Construction is under way on what will become the largest exhibit in the United States dedicated to penguins after receiving a $10 million gift from the family of Stephen Polk, the former CEO of R.L. Polk Co.

Zoo officials “ broke the ice” on the Polk Family Penguin Conservation Center in June. The 18-month, $21 million project is the most ambitious to date for the zoo.

When complete at the end of 2015, the iceberg-like center will host 80 penguins of four species on the 2.1-acre site near the entrance of the zoo in Royal Oak.


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