Aquar­ium of Ni­a­gara ex­pand­ing to pro­tect threat­ened pen­guins

Cape Breton Post - - WORLD -

NI­A­GARA FALLS, N.Y. — A Ni­a­gara Falls aquar­ium is ex­pand­ing so it can breed and pro­tect the threat­ened Hum­boldt pen­guin.

Gov. An­drew Cuomo says work has be­gun on a $3.3 mil­lion project to cre­ate a new pen­guin ex­hibit at the Aquar­ium of Ni­a­gara. The ex­hibit and gallery will in­clude a rock beach mod­eled af­ter the coast of Peru and an in­ter­ac­tive class­room for vis­i­tors.

With the im­prove­ment, the aquar­ium will seek ac­cred­i­ta­tion from the As­so­ci­a­tion of Zoos and Aquar­i­ums to ex­pand its pen­guin colony and restart a breed­ing pro­gram. Only 20 fa­cil­i­ties in the United States and Canada house Hum­boldt pen­guins. The birds are found in the wild only along the Pa­cific Coast of South Amer­ica from Peru down to Chile.

The new ex­hibit will fea­ture more than 20 of the birds.

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