In Chile, Humboldt penguins dwell along a steep, rocky terrain that boarders a temperate forest. They nest on the coast, while feeding in the water.
The exhibit, which opened on October 27th, portrays a similar image. There are plenty of rocks for the penguins to jump from into the water. They have room to swim and display natural behaviors.
“It took many, many years and a lot of fundraising,” said Norvell, “the plan was developed with the whole zoo staff, the managers at the zoo, and the board.”
The addition of this exhibit goes to show that the zoo is an important place in Evansville and its citizens.
“It’s the biggest exhibit that Mesker has open to date. It’s a sign of the growth of the zoo and what it can do for the community. And there’s just nothing else like it in our community at all. It’s quite a gift and a treasure,” said Norvell.