Mesker Zoo planning expansion with Humboldt penguin habitat

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EVANSVILLE, Ind. (WEHT) – It’s official: penguins will be coming to Mesker Park Zoo.

The exhibit has been discussed for years, but now enough pieces of the puzzle are in place to confirm “Penguins of Patagonia” will happen.

Zoo officials made the announcement on Tuesday regarding the newly planned habitat and people are excited.

The new exhibit will house up to 30 Humboldt penguins.

Officials said it will be more than just another exhibit.

Visitors will have a chance to have an interactive experience with the penguins.

Donors said it didn’t take much convincing to get involved.

Donor Wayne Kenny said, “We heard what they needed. We knew why they needed it and just the magnitude of the project – we wanted to do our part in that project so that was the excitement for us. We told the grandkids about it and our kids about it, and everybody just jumped on board with it.”

Although zoo officials have raised most of the funds for the exhibit, they are still short from their goal.

However, they have enough to move forward with the groundbreaking ceremony later this year.

Original story

EVANSVILLE, Ind. (WEHT) — Evansville’s Mesker Park Zoo continues to expand, and is planning for more.

One of those future expansions is called “Penguins of Patagonia.”

On Tuesday, Evansville Mayor Lloyd Winnecke will join zoo officials to make a special announcement regarding the planned habitat, which will house up to 30 Humboldt penguins.

The announcement is set for 2:30 p.m. at the zoo.

The target date for project completion is sometime in 2021.

Later this year, the zoo will hold a benefit event for the exhibit.

It’s called “Vintage Vines: Pairings for Penguins,” and will take place August 10 at City View at Sterling Square on Fulton Avenue.

It will include a gourmet dinner, along with live and silent auctions.

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 (This story was originally published on June 4, 2019)

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