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Paul Gonzalez
• Friday, 20 November, 2020
• 8 min read

As a way of celebrating, we’ve taken a look back at our travels to determine the top 5 penguin exhibits. We gave extra credit to zoos with multiple types of penguins.

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We first visited this zoo in 2015 when this exhibit was pretty new, and we waited in line for almost a half hour to get into it. You start off by viewing penguins outside, then are shuffled inside at increments where the temperature is stable at around 48 degrees.

While you walk down the ramp, “portholes” show you pictures of sea creatures that you might see in the water. Once arriving at the first floor, you walk through a tunnel where, if you come during feeding time, the penguins will swim very close to the glass.

These cute, cuddly, and fun little (or big) birds have been featured in ads, commercials, logos, and even movies all around the world. A new 7-year-old female black footed penguin (Meniscus demerits) named Elizabeth, after Port Elizabeth in South Africa, on exhibit in the Splash Zone at the Monterey Bay Aquarium.

Visit the Splash Zone and learn all about penguins, plus visitors can even feed them! The St. Louis Zoo has quite a bit of space devoted to their penguin exhibits.

You’ll see waterfall plunges, rocky coastlines, and cliffs that all simulate penguin habitats. The zoo allows visitors to really get a good look at penguins as they would live in their real-life habitats with a special glass bottom area.

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This zoo has a ton of videos on YouTube featuring their penguins at play. So, the next time you’re out on the road on your vacation, be sure to swing by one of these penguin hot spots to get a glimpse of these creatures in action.

The Asian Highlands exhibit at Omaha's Henry Poorly Zoo takes visitors through the foothills of Northern India to see Indian rhinos and Père David’s deer, and the Himalayan Mountains to spot sloth bear, Amur tigers and snow leopards. Guests enter the area by passing beneath a replica Himalayan ruin.

The 3-acre exhibit is home to moose wandering amid pine woods with their own small lake, mountain lions in a naturalistic rock canyon, the elusive Canada lynx, river otters playing in a waterfall and grizzly bears roaming the mountainside. The Gorilla Freeway at the Philadelphia Zoo is part of the facility’s Zoo360 initiative, aiming to enrich the environments of all animals in their care.

This 300-foot walkway passes 12 feet above the visitor path, giving the gorillas a way to explore and move between a variety of environments. Zoo Knoxville’s Boyd Family Asian Trek is home to Malayan tigers, whitened cranes, silvered leaf languors and white-handed gibbons.

Guests can observe these species while climbing a multi-level tree house or walking across a swinging suspension bridge. The 2.1-acre Simmons Hippo Outpost, an expansion of the already incredible Africa experience at the Dallas Zoo, features a replicated African waterhole habitat with a 120,000-gallon pool and a 24 by 8-foot underwater viewing window, bringing guests up close to the zoo’s Nile hippos.

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The zoo hosts daily keeper chats where guests can get up close with the hippos and okapi during educational training demonstrations. The exhibit is fashioned after a traditional indigenous village, with unobstructed views of the bears from above ground and underwater observation points.

The African elephants have access to both indoor and outdoor spaces, including a 550,000-gallon pool, while visitors can observe these gentle giants from the comfort of a covered pavilion. This exhibit at the Detroit Zoo provides a home to three Amur tigers, Nikolai, Alaska and Kiss.

The enclosure features naturalistic elements you might find in the tigers’ natural environment, including elevated vantage points, wooded areas, pools, open spaces, a cave and a waterfall. The California Trail at the Oakland Zoo tells the story of how humans have shaped the ecology of the San Francisco Bay Area through a series of native animal and plant exhibits.

American bison, black bears, California condors, eagles, mountain lions, gray wolves, grizzly bears and jaguars all call the area home, accessible via an electric gondola from the main portion of the zoo. We asked our readers to vote for their favorite animal exhibits in North American, and these are the results.

A panel of experts partnered with 10Best editors to pick the initial nominees, and the top 10 winners were determined by popular vote. Debra has held a wide variety of positions in the education and interpretation field including Education Director at San Diego Zoo Safari Park, SeaWorld Orlando, and Atlantis, Paradise Island.

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She has created interpretive plans for a wide variety of exhibits including Manatees: The Last Generation, Wild Arctic, and Tiger Trail which have all won the American Association of Zoos and Aquariums Top Exhibit Honors award. Currently, she is leading the effort to provide San Diego Zoo Kids, a 24-hour, commercial-free television channel, to 300 children’s hospitals and Ronald McDonald Houses around the world.

Debra has held a wide variety of positions in the education and interpretation field including Education Director at San Diego Zoo Safari Park, SeaWorld Orlando, and Atlantis, Paradise Island. She has created interpretive plans for a wide variety of exhibits including Manatees: The Last Generation, Wild Arctic, and Tiger Trail which have all won the American Association of Zoos and Aquariums Top Exhibit Honors award.

Currently, she is leading the effort to provide San Diego Zoo Kids, a 24-hour, commercial-free television channel, to 300 children’s hospitals and Ronald McDonald Houses around the world. Alan Simone received a Bachelor of Arts in Biology from Capital University in 1975 and an M.B.A. in International Business Administration from Baldwin Wallace College in 1986.

Alan Simone received a Bachelor of Arts in Biology from Capital University in 1975 and an M.B.A. in International Business Administration from Baldwin Wallace College in 1986. The $5 million project includes indoor and outdoor exhibit areas with innovative viewing options.

Here you'll get to see Humboldt penguins play in their own rocky tide pool complete with crashing waves, jagged cliffs and a beach. The exhibit was designed with the earth in mind, and its filtration and geothermal systems save 3 million gallons of water and 22,000 kilowatt hours of energy each year.

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The Polar Seabirds exhibit at the zoo is home to King, Gentoo and Chinstrap penguins, and you can see them feasting on fish twice a day at 10:30am and 2:30pm. The Penguinarium at the Oregon Zoo in Portland is home to an adorable group of Humboldt penguins, native to the coasts of Peru and Chile.

This species of penguins has solid bones that help them dive, and you can watch them “fly” through the water of their comfortable zoo home. Modeled after Boulders Beach in Cape Town, Penguin Point allows visitors to observe the waddling birds up close through the 180-degree viewing window.

You'll also see rock hoppers and Gentoo's, and the exhibit's glass-bottom area lets you view penguins swimming beneath your feet. In South America, your best bet for viewing penguins in their natural habitat is on the coast of Islam Magdalena in Chile.

Lydia, photo editor and Readers' Choice Production Manager for USA TODAY 10Best, has traveled to more than 30 countries in Europe, Asia and North and South America, and has lived in Albuquerque, Galveston, Austin, Thailand, Korea, China, Ecuador, Colombia, Argentina, Brazil and now Spain. The latest DLC, Planet Zoo : Aquatic Pack has added some new challenges to this process.

Finding the right terrain, plants, shelter, and enrichment items is key and these things will vary between species. While you can do this by lowering the terrain I found it easier to raise it and have the underwater viewing area come in at ground level.

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Penguins need a clear four-meter depth of water, so it's a good idea to ensure your terrain is raised by more than this, otherwise, you'll need to dig down in the middle later on. The easiest way to ensure a good body of water visitors can see into is by creating a horseshoe shape in the terrain as shown above.

You also need to make sure you've selected a waterproof fence, and we recommend the setting that keeps the top of the barrier at the same height but allows the bottom to be edited. Once the barrier is set up it's time to make sure the guests and keepers have access to the area.

It can be fiddly to set up, since the paths on the ground and those that are raised up like to try and link together by default. I found the easiest way was to create the path across the top of the two sides of the horseshoe by the barrier first.

You can also turn off the align to placement setting but this can make the staircases harder to place. The easiest way to ensure the habitat is suitable is to add the animal, click them to bring up their information tab then pause the game.

You can navigate the tabs along the top of the info panel to find the correct terrain, plant, and space requirements. You'll need to place some coolers and set them to around -18, which is in the middle of the preferred temperature range you can see in the image above.

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In terms of terrain, the penguin requires mostly sand, soil, and short grass. Once these are in place and the coolers are set, add snow to the exhibit for a more authentic feel and to keep those penguins happy.

King Penguins don't actually want or need plants and trees, but they will tolerate a couple, so it's worth adding them to enhance the look of the exhibit. King Penguins don't need an extra water source but there is an underwater feeder that provides feeding enrichment.

This was added in case zookeepers have issues routing to the underwater feeder on occasion. Penguins also love other enrichment items including the new floating platform and rubber duck you can see above.

Just make sure you have a keeper assigned to the habitat and ideally at least two males and two females in the exhibit since they love to live in groups. It didn’t put her off… She is all grown up now but is still a gamer at heart, especially when it comes to The Sims and other strategy and simulation games.

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