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Penguins ‘migrate’ through zoo to their new temporary home

These penguins waddled their way over to the 'coolest' new habitat

25 Humboldt penguins at the Oregon Zoo marched over to the zoo's polar bear habitat to take up temporary residence while repairs are made to their exhibit 'Penguinarium.' The polar bear habitat features 50,000 gallons of water to allow the penguin
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25 Humboldt penguins at the Oregon Zoo marched over to the zoo's polar bear habitat to take up temporary residence while repairs are made to their exhibit 'Penguinarium.' The polar bear habitat features 50,000 gallons of water to allow the penguin

It was the march of the penguins at the Oregon Zoo.

Twenty-five Humboldt penguins waddled their way over to their new temporary residence in the zoo’s polar bear habitat as repairs are made to their home, the “Penguinarium.”

"This doesn't just give us the chance make repairs to the Penguinarium without disrupting the colony," said Travis Koons, who oversees birds at the zoo. "It also gives the penguins the chance to explore a new habitat."

The new penguin habitat is currently empty of polar bears as the zoo prepares for the construction of “Polar Passage,” a new exhibit expected to open in 2020. The habitat also features 50,000 gallons of water to allow the penguins to swim and numerous rocks to allow the penguins to dive, according to the Oregon Zoo.

This isn’t the first time the Penguinarium has been worked on. In 2012, the Oregon Zoo completed an upgrade on the Penguinarium’s water-filtration system, an improvement that was funded by a community-supported 2008 zoo bond measure. The bond measure was focused on protecting animal health while conserving water.

Guests that would like to see the penguins can visit them at their temporary home through the end of the month. General zoo admission is $10.50 (ages 12-64), $9 for seniors (65 and up), $7.50 for children (ages 3-11) and free for those 2 and younger.

Kelsey Grey: 208-377-6433, @hey_kgrey

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