ST. LOUIS, Mo. (KMOX) — Don’t say “goodbye.” Say “see you soon.”
The Humboldt penguins at the Saint Louis Zoo will be moved later this month and won’t be visible to the public until 2015, as the Zoo prepares for construction of its new McDonnell Polar Bear Point exhibit.
The 20 Humboldt penguins will be relocated, August 20th, to the indoor holding area of the former Sea Lion Arena where shows were conducted for decades before the Zoo opened a new arena in 2012 as part of Sea Lion Sound.
To prepare for the visiting Humboldt penguins, the former arena has been equipped with a renovated filtration system. The penguins will reside in a behind-the-scenes area, and they will swim in a large, 6,000-gallon pool and have access to a second 9,000-gallon pool.
The entire Penguin & Puffin Coast is home to gentoo, rockhopper and king penguins as well as the habitat for horned and tufted puffins. The date for that closing and details on the polar bear exhibit will be announced soon.