Aquar­ium aims to ex­pand its pen­guin pop­u­la­tion

The Hamilton Spectator - - CANADA & WORLD -

A Ni­a­gara Falls aquar­ium is ex­pand­ing so it can breed and pro­tect the threat­ened Hum­boldt pen­guin. New York Gov. An­drew Cuomo says work has be­gun on a $3.3 mil­lion project to cre­ate a new pen­guin ex­hibit at the Aquar­ium of Ni­a­gara. 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.

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