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Endangered in the wild, African penguin populations have dropped by 50% in the past 30 years. The new African Penguin Point habitat is three times the size of the previous African penguin space with a dramatically larger indoor bedroom area to encourage breeding, expand nesting sites and ultimately result in a thriving colony.

Multiple built-in enrichment opportunities throughout the habitat enhance the welfare of the species. Fans, misters, sprinklers, underwater jets, heat lamps, multiple substrates, and underwater enrichment attachment points provide a complex environment. RFID technology throughout the pool and beach area track real-time movements of the colony. All these features promote natural behaviors for overall optimal health and well-being of the penguins.

Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Garden
Greg Gates Architects LLC
Project Location
Cincinnati, Ohio