Penguin Shores (Temporary Traveling Exhibit)
Penguin Shores, presented by Cleveland Clinic Children’s, is a seasonal traveling exhibit in the Zoo’s Wilderness Trek area. Designed by Virginia-based Animal Interaction Design Group, in partnership with Cleveland Metroparks Exhibits team, it is slated to run through the end of September, 2015. The special exhibit is free with regular Zoo admission. It features naturalistic rock work with nest boxes, ledges and irregular surfaces, and a pool for swimming. Guests can learn about penguins in the wild and conservation efforts under way to help them.
African penguins are native to the rocky coastline and islands of South Africa. They are well-adapted to swimming and fishing in the cold water off the South African coast. They eat anchovies, sardines and other small fish species. They are classified as “endangered” by the International Union for Conservation of Nature, mainly due to the commercial overfishing of their primary prey species, and environmental damage from the oil industry. The Penguin Shores exhibit outlines how pollution from plastics and destruction of habitat are affecting penguin species in the wild.
The Zoo last exhibited penguins in a mixed-species exhibit at the Birds of the World building which included Humboldt, macaroni and king penguins. The king penguins were the last species to leave the Zoo in 2002.
In celebration of this exciting new exhibit, Cleveland Metroparks Zoo has all sorts of great educational offerings that feature penguins including our "http://www.clevelandmetroparks.com/Zoo/Education-Opportunities/10.aspx">OUTBACK AFTER DARK PENGUINS AND PAJAMAS overnight program and four excellent new teacher lesson plans that highlight some of the amazing features of this unique aquatic bird while focusing on state and national science standards. Click on the links below to take a look at the lesson plans and download them for use in the classroom free of charge.
The new plans include:
ul style="list-style-type:circle" href="http://resourcelibrary.clemetzoo.com/lessons/41">Penguin Adaptations
href="http://resourcelibrary.clemetzoo.com/lessons/44">Penguins and Pollution
href="http://resourcelibrary.clemetzoo.com/lessons/43">Penguin Traits and Needs