“We are thrilled to announce the arrival of Little Blue Penguins to Adventure Aquarium and the grand opening of Little Blue Beach, the new home to the cutest and smallest penguins in the world,” said Vince Nicoletti, Executive Director and Vice President, Adventure Aquarium. “Our guests will thoroughly enjoy being immersed in this brand new experience and get a closer perspective on these adorable birds than ever before.”
The Little Blue Penguin colony currently consists of two females and six males, ranging in age from 1 to 3 years of age. The penguins were born at the Taronga Zoo in Sydney, Australia and temporarily resided at the Bronx Zoo before traveling to their permanent home of Adventure Aquarium in late December 2015.
“The Little Blues have been acclimating to their new exhibit over the last few weeks,” said Michele Pagel, Curator of Birds and Mammals. “They will be ready to greet guests officially during the grand opening of Little Blue Beach on Friday, January 15.”
Guests visiting Adventure Aquarium’s Little Blue Beach will find themselves in an unexpected world of fun and adventure. Little Blue Beach is a 415 square foot exhibit which includes a 9,230 gallon, three foot deep saltwater pool. The Little Blues’ habitat features underwater views as well as up-close perspectives of the birds as they swim and play in and out of the water.
“Penguins, including our Little Blues, love the water and spend a majority of their time hunting and swimming,” commented Pagel. “Guests will have a really unique view of the birds as they swim, including the variable wave action and water currents in their saltwater pool that the penguins really seem to enjoy playing in.”
In addition to the opportunity to meet these wobbling creatures from down under, guests will also learn more about Phillip Island in Australia where the largest colony of Little Blues reside. Colorful cabanas and interactive nesting box displays also highlight the unique cohabitation Little Blues and humans living in Phillip Island experience daily. Another interesting aspect of the Little Blues featured in the exhibit is the nightly penguin parade, which is held on Phillip Island and attracts thousands of tourists each year. While the birds do not actually parade in Adventure Aquarium, Little Blue Beach gives visitors some insight on the experience through lights, sounds and a trail of Little Blue footprints through the exhibit. Visitors to the exhibit will have the opportunity to see feedings as well as listen to special talks about the birds throughout the day.
ABOUT ADVENTURE AQUARIUM
Adventure Aquarium, celebrating its 10th anniversary in 2015, is just minutes from downtown Philadelphia on the Camden Waterfront and features one-of-a-kind exhibits with more than 8,500 aquatic species throughout two million gallons of water. The Aquarium is home to the largest collection of sharks on the East Coast, including the only Great Hammerhead Shark on exhibit in the United States, and the only aquarium in the world to exhibit hippos. Adventure Aquarium is an accredited member of the American Zoological and Aquarium Association, and is held to the absolute highest standards in animal care and exhibition. Open 365 days a year, from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. For more information, visit AdventureAquarium.com.