Penguins of Patagonia opens to public

Published: Oct. 25, 2021 at 6:20 AM CDT|Updated: Oct. 27, 2021 at 5:26 AM CDT
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EVANSVILLE, Ind. (WFIE) - Mesker Park Zoo is officially welcoming the community to see the new Penguins of Patagonia exhibit Wednesday.

Zoo officials say this project is over a year in the making and they’re so proud and excited to share it with the community.

We’re told there are 14 Humbolt penguins swimming around, getting used to their new home.

Those zoo officials say guests can expect ticket prices to increase soon.

That is to help to compensate for the cost of the exhibit.

”There’s a weight lifted off of our shoulders and then there’s a new surprising energy that just comes with the opening of a new exhibit and with the community coming out here,” said Mesker Park Zoo Marketing Director Danny Schembre. “For us, we see them all the time leading up to the opening but for the community, it’s a lot of these people seeing them for the first time and watching their eyes light up and that magic in their hearts.”

Zoo officials ask if you’re planning a trip to reserve those tickets online.

The zoo cut the ribbon on the new exhibit Tuesday.

Officials say the introduction should be fun for guests, and help give a financial boost to the zoo.

Executive Director Erik Beck says they’re excited to finally share the penguins with the rest of the community.

”Feeling great, and really just excited to share this project finally with the community. It’s been a long construction project and even a longer in the planning stages. To finally have birds in the water here, kids enjoying themselves and being able to share it with Evansville is just fantastic,” Beck says.

You’ll be able to see those penguins for yourself on Wednesday when the zoo opens.

You can watch Tuesday’s ribbon-cutting here:

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