Exploreum opens African black-footed penguins exhibit


MOBILE, Ala. (WALA) – The Gulf Coast Exploreum has a new animal exhibit, just in time for the July 4 weekend!

Full of distinctive personalities, four African black-footed penguins will make their first appearance on July 4, providing a great outing for the entire family for the holiday weekend.

The live penguins, Jelly, Ninja, Moo-Shoo and Cranberry will be one of the featured exhibits at the Gulf Coast Exploreum through early January 2015.

The exhibit is aimed at teaching us more about the endangered species.

The Exploreum’s Mollie Shiffer said the population is dwindling by about 90 penguins every week.

“They’re facing a lot of new challenges lately: oil spills, competition with commercial fishing, and they can even be affected by global warming a little bit. They waters are rising so the fish move farther away. They have to swim farther, they get tired, they can’t come back and raise their little chicks,” Shiffer said.

The exhibit opened Friday, July 4, and experts will hold interactive sessions ever hour to answer your questions.

To schedule special behind-the-scenes experiences, school group visits, or events, please call 251-208-6873.

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