Tuesday, May 15, 2012

New Penguin Exhibit Long Beach Aquarium

Opening to the public on May 17, 2012 is the $1.5 million, 3,000 square foot June Keyes Penguin Exhibit. The exhibit will be the new  home to more than a dozen Magellanic Penguins. These new additions will be the first penguins at Aquarium of the Pacific.

Visitors will be able to get up close to the new  Penguins and learn what can be done to help their counterparts in the wild. This new permanent exhibit is located outdoors on the second floor near the Aquarium’s ray pool.

The exhibit includes a crawl-in space, allowing visitors to feel as if they are in the exhibit with the animals. Exhibit panels and interactive touch screens will provide information about penguins and issues that are affecting their survival in the wild. The habitat features a rocky area, a beach, and a pool for swimming. Visitors will be able to view the penguins both above and below the water.

The exhibit also includes nesting areas resembling the burrows that Magellanic Penguins use for laying eggs and rearing their chicks. Life-sized models of penguins representing other species will also be a part of the exhibit area.

General Admission--$24.95 adult $13.95 child (3-11), and free for children under 3
Open 9:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. every day of the year, except Christmas Day