Posted: Monday, June 20, 2016The zoo has the oldest living female African penguin in North America. And tomorrow, she's having a birthday party. Opal the penguin turns 39 on Tuesday. To celebrate, the Henry Doorly Zoo & Aquarium will serve up an ice-block cake filled with treats at 10:30 a.m.
Zoo visitors are invited to join the party and sign an oversized birthday card at the African penguin exhibit, which is not in the aquarium but is north of the Desert Dome behind Red Barn Park. Visitors can bring their own cards for Opal as well.
Opal was born in 1977 at the Maryland Zoo in Baltimore and came to Omaha in 1981. She's one of 21 African penguins at the zoo and one of 800 at institutions accredited by the Association of Zoos and Aquariums.