The Houston Zoo is commemorating its 100th anniversary with a state-of-the-art exhibit and penguins.
In preparation for 2023, the Houston Zoo is pulling all the stops for its remarkable upcoming ‘Galápagos Islands’ exhibit. In addition to a cutting-edge immersive experience, the zoo also plans to bring a colony of Humboldt Penguins. [Featured image: @houstonzoo]
As a part of its Keeping Our World Wild Centennial Capital campaign plan, the Houston Zoo’s six-year, multi-phase project will comprise of 2.5 aces of new public spaces, amenities, and expositions that include its transformative Galápagos Islands exhibit.
The first-of-its-kind $70 million exhibit is set to illustrate the rich environmental landscape as well as the diversity of endemic species found on the Galápagos Islands.
New features are set to include an underwater tunnel, molten lava tubes, a viewing pond, sea cave, and a new 190,000-gallon aquarium, and ocean gallery with residents that aren’t limited to sharks, rays, giant sea turtles, giant tortoises, blue iguanas and more.
Notably, the zoo is welcoming penguins to its residency for the first time, Humboldt Penguins, that is. In part with the Association of Zoos and Aquariums Species Survival Plan (SSP), 10 – 15 Humboldt Penguins will be housed in a climate-controlled environment protected from potentially infectious mosquitos. Word of note, Humboldt Penguins are native Chile and Peru where temperatures are comparable the Houston summer heat.
The upcoming transformations and exhibits are part of the Zoo’s conservation efforts and education of threats facing Galápagos Islands and oceanic wildlife.