The new African penguin exhibit, slated to open this fall, is really taking shape. Perry the Penguin has been seeing the construction¬†up close, and brings us a “bird’s eye view” of the progress inside the exhibit. Some of the most exciting progress that he has witnessed has been the main buildings getting roofs, sides and windows and the rocks in the swimming areas taking shape.

Rebar creates the shape of the rocks
Rebar creates the shape of the rocks in front of the penguin holding building

 

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The rock shapes are formed by hand.

 

This "shotcrete pump" fills in the rebar to create the natural rock-like surface
The “shotcrete pump, ” Perry is sitting on, fills in the rebar to create the natural rock-like surface

 

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Artists finish the rock with details like barnacles and a waterline to mimic the Penguins natural habitat

 

Imagine penguins swimming through this channel!
Imagine penguins swimming through this channel in front of the interpretive center windows (covered in wood)

 

The Penguin holding building can house double the number of penguins in the current colony
The Penguin holding building can house double the number of penguins in the current colony

 

This room will be used for nesting
This room will be used for nesting

 

Overlooking the Bait Shack
Overlooking the Bait Shack and penguin swimming areas

 

The Bait Shack will have snacks and drinks for purchase
The Bait Shack looks almost complete and will have snacks and drinks for purchase

 

The dump tank on top of the interpretive center will send water crashing down from above
The dump tank on top of the interpretive center will send water crashing down for penguin and visitor enjoyment

 

Inside the interpretive center will provide an up close look at the penguins swimming
Inside the interpretive center guests will get an up close look at the penguins swimming

 

Penguins will be seen through the glass swimming under water
Penguins will be seen swimming under water through the large viewing windows