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Penguins travel 5000 Miles to The Deep Hull
The best new attraction at The Deep Hull for years should be opened in time for Easter 2014. Last year, the Hull aquarium announced plans to bring penguins to the city.
The main structure and tank, which will initially be home to half a dozen gentoo penguins, has been finished. Staff are now beginning to construct the features that will replicate an old whaling station in South Georgia.
The Deep’s chief executive Colin Brown said: “We have reached the end of the major work and the balcony has been put in place to create an outdoor space. There was a slight delay as the premises of the firm fitting the balcony became flooded during a severe storm.
“We also had to wait a little longer than we anticipated for the silicone around the windows to dry. But everything is on schedule and budget, although we can’t afford for too many things to go wrong.
On MONDAY 3RD MARCH 2014, The Deep Hull will open its brand new Gentoo penguin exhibit at 10am.
Our VIP residents….. that’s Very Important Penguins will be arriving in The Kingdom of Ice, and will help explain to visitors about the threats to their habitat, issues surrounding climate change and ocean acidification as well as animal biology and food chains.
This £750,000 exhibit will give you fantastic views of the penguins, underwater and on land and is the only location in the North of England where you will be able to see these remarkable creatures. Five adults will join us at The Deep in March, with four further juveniles (and their mum) joining us in the near future.
Their new home runs over three floors and features a swimming pool, diving pool, beach area, nesting area and the penguins very own outdoor balcony with views overlooking the River Humber. The exhibit has been created with the penguins comfort in mind.
The exhibit will be themed around Grytviken, an abandoned whaling port in South Georgia, Antarctica, which was taken over by Gentoo penguins in the late 1960s following the demise of the whaling industry. Sites were left to decay and eventually inhabited by local wildlife.
This exhibit will form part of The Deep’s new conservation initiative called ‘Project Penguin’, and will help us to raise money for vital research work in the wild to help protect endangered penguins.