The Detroit Zoo just opened their new Polk Penguin Conservation Center to the public this month. We were so excited to see it and made sure to take advantage of the memberfest - nights when only members could enter the zoo and see the new habitat.
There was a lot of time and research that went into making this new penguin home. They observed how penguins live in their natural environment and made sure to give them a tank large enough for them to deep dive in. And that's just the beginning. Their design and finished product invite visitors to not just visit penguins, but to also embark on a journey to observe them in their natural habitat as explorers on a ship.
The ship was a part that stood out to Alex, my 9 year old. He loved reading the details on how people actually get to the antarctic in the first place and the danger involved for some explorers in the past. And as you descend to the bottom of the building, all around you is the scene of a boat in icy water, projected on the walls.
Once you get "below deck", it's time to enjoy watching penguins swimming in front of you and over your head. It's so beautiful to see them glide along in the water. And honestly? Watching the wonder in my kiddos' eyes as they watch all around them come to life, is the best thing in the world.
On the other side of the tunnels, you'll find a wall that is ice cold. We loved putting our hands on the wall and talking about how a penguin's feet are designed to walk on ice and not freeze. Amazing! You'll also find your way back up to the ground level. Projected on the walls here is an avalanche. Move quickly! (tee hee)
|On your way out, wave goodbye to the penguins and make a pledge to protect the earth by making a fun postcard. There's also a penguin-filled gift shop to enjoy. If you're a member, let them know so you can get a discount on your purchase.|
Now let's check out a first-hand view of the center together! Join my family and I in this video.
Have you visited yet? Will you be planning a visit? Tell me about it. :)