The exhibit opens April 3 in the Zoo's Northern Trek area and is slated to run through mid-September.
Penguin Shores is presented by Cleveland Clinic Children's Hospital. Illinois-based Animal Interaction Design Group designed the exhibit in partnership with the Cleveland Metroparks Exhibits team.
The exhibit opens April 3 in the Zoo's Northern Trek area and is slated to run through mid-September. The special exhibit will be free with regular Zoo admission.
It features naturalistic rock with nest boxes and a pool for swimming. Guests can learn about penguins in the wild and conservation efforts underway to help them.
"This is the first time penguins will be seen at our Zoo since 2002," said Executive Zoo Director Dr. Chris Kuhar. "And with 2015 being the celebration of the 'Year of Clean Water,' the timing couldn't be better for us to mount this special exhibit..." Vistors to the zoo will see life-size cutouts of different penguin species guiding them to the Northern Trek.
African black-footed penguins are native to the rocky coastline and islands of South Africa. They are classified as "endangered" by the International Union of Conservation of Nature.
The Cleveland Metroparks Zoo is open 10 a.m. to 5 pm. daily. Admission is $13.25 per person, $9.25 for kids ages 2 to 11 and free for children younger than 2 and Zoo members. Parking is free. Located at 3900 Wildlife Way, the Zoo is easily accessible from Interstates 71, 90 and 480.
For more information, visit Cleveland Metroparks Zoo or call (216) 661-6500.