The June Keyes Penguin Habitat opens today at the Aquarium of the Pacific in Long Beach. The dapper residents of the new exhibits are 14 Magellan penguins with a couple more on the verge of hatching.
Smaller than their more famous cousins the Emperor and King Penguins, Magellanic Penguins hail from the warmer waters off both coasts of South America. Over-fishing in the area has led a number of Magellan penguins to lose their way, venturing out of their normal feeding areas and getting stranded. Four of the penguins in the new June Keyes Penguin Habitat at the Aquarium of the Pacific were rescued in Niteroi, Brazil. The other 10 were born in captivity.
The adorable creatures cavort around their outdoor habitat which you can view through the glass partition or from under a glass cubby area that you can crawl in to watch them from below.
The new programming to go with the Penguin Habitat includes two short films about penguins, a children's program and a lecture series.