Wednesday, November 12, 2008

Penguin Point at the National Aviary in Pittsburgh

Pittsburgh Penguins General Manager Ray Shero and his wife Karen will serve as Honorary Co-Chairs for the National Aviary’s official penguin exhibit groundbreaking reception on Friday, November 14th. The event will celebrate the upcoming construction of a new state-of-the-art $1.7 million penguin exhibit named “Penguin Point” at the National Aviary in Pittsburgh. The new outdoor exhibit will immerse visitors in the sights and sounds of a real penguin colony.

The National Aviary features over 600 birds from around the world. It is currently home to five African penguins and 10 additional penguins are expected to be recruited for the new exhibit.The Aviary’s new 2,300 square-foot African penguin exhibit will afford up-close, 360-degree views of African penguins swimming, playing, nesting and scaling rocks in an open-air space. In addition, domed bubbles will allow young guests the chance to pop up in the middle of the penguin group.

Construction is expected to be completed by late spring 2009.

[information taken from Pittsburgh Penguins webpage]

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