Photo by Robin Winkelman, courtesy of Saint Louis Zoo
Love the Humboldt penguins at the Saint Louis Zoo's Penguin & Puffin Coast? Better sneak in one last visit before they get moved to an off-display area on Tuesday, Aug. 20.
The Humboldt penguins need to move to help the zoo prepare for construction of its new McDonnell Polar Bear Point exhibit. That construction will soon require the temporary closing of the entire Penguin & Puffin Coast, also 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.
The 20 Humboldt penguins are moving 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.
In other construction news, the zoo announced they had selected two companies to remove hazardous materials and demolish buildings at the 13.5-acre Forest Park Hospital site. The zoo plans to eventually expand into that space and will announce the final framework plan for the site in the coming weeks.