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      First Penguin Exhibit at the Aquarium of the Pacific in Long Beach

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      May 17, 2012 - December 31, 2012


      100 Aquarium Way
      Long Beach, California 90802

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      First Penguin Exhibit at the Aquarium of the Pacific

      The new June Keyes Penguin Habitat will open to the public on May 17, 2012. Visitors to the Aquarium of the Pacific will be able to get up-close with these animals and learn what they can do to help them. The new permanent exhibit is home to the first penguins in the Aquarium’s collection and will include a crawl-in space where visitors can feel as if they are in the exhibit with the animals. 

      The new habitat will feature Magellanic Penguins, educational exhibit panels, and interactive touch screens where visitors can learn more about penguins and issues that are affecting their survival. Some of the birds in the Aquarium’s new habitat were rescued near Rio, Brazil and deemed non-releasable to the wild because of health issues. Scientists speculate that these birds ended up stranded north of their normal range in search of food due to issues such as climate change and overfishing. 

      The exhibit will also include nesting areas resembling the burrows that Magellanic Penguins use for laying eggs and rearing their chicks in the wild. The June Keyes Penguin Habitat is located outdoors on the second floor near the Aquarium’s ray pool.

      Visitors to the Aquarium this summer will also be able to learn more about penguins through new educational programming. Two short films about penguins, a children’s program, and a penguin guest speaker series are all part of the new happenings. There will even be a penguin encounter starting on June 2 where visitors can set a date to go behind the scenes for the chance to feed a penguin while learning about these birds.

      The new Penguin Animal Encounter will be available by advance reservation only and costs $90 per person ages 10+.

      The nonprofit Aquarium of the Pacific is dedicated to ocean conservation education and is the fourth most visited aquarium in the nation.

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