Penguins Return to Lincoln Park Zoo

Posted on July 25, 2016

Penguins are returning to Lincoln Park Zoo as part of the new Robert and Mayari Pritzker Penguin Cove set to open to the public Oct. 6.

Nine male and four female African penguins will inhabit the 3,350-square-foot outdoor exhibit space featuring a 20,500-gallon pool and naturalistic South African landscape. The state-of-the-art exhibit will also showcase designated nesting areas. Camouflaged within the exhibit rockwork and featuring sand and pebbles, these cozy nest areas will enable the penguins to burrow and nest, eliciting natural, species-specific behaviors.

Beginning Oct. 6, zoo visitors will have the chance to enter the 1,350-square-foot immersive sheltered viewing area featuring floor-to-ceiling viewing windows giving guests a chance to get nose-to-beak with these captivating animals. On the public side, guests can also experience the penguins’ native habitat with squishy floors imitating damp sand and tactile rockwork complete with artificial mussels and barnacles for guests to explore.

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