February 18, 2012
The Penguin Plunge exhibit at the Calgary Zoo opened to the public on Friday, February 17. Portico designed the new attraction, which features a 9,200-gallon pool outside and a 32,000-gallon pool inside (both freshwater). The exhibit reflects the natural habitat of four distinct penguin species: Humboldt, Gentoo, Rock Hopper, and Kings. Depending on the time of year, the penguins will rotate between the interior and exterior exhibits. The exterior exhibit is part of the new entry plaza and is themed as a coastal environment, while the interior exhibit includes a sky dome that is lit to reflect the Antarctic sky through the seasons. The space is insulated and stays cool year-round to suit the penguins.