New Penguin Exhibit Coming To Ripley’s Aquarium Of Myrtle Beach In 2020
A new African penguin exhibit is coming to Ripley’s Aquarium of Myrtle Beach as part of the attraction's largest expansion in its 20-year history.
The 5,500-square-foot Ripley’s Penguin Playhouse will open in early 2020.
The African penguin habitat will have floor-to-ceiling viewing glass and a 360-degree crawl tunnel for guests to waddle through. This addition includes a brand-new Oceans of the World gallery with eight tanks, housing species of fish from all over the world.
Ripley’s expansion also features two new classrooms for educational programs that will allow guests to get up close and personal with the birds.
The Penguin Encounters program, for example, gives guests a chance to interact and even pet the penguins while learning about the species from Aquarium staff experts. At Paint with the Penguins, guests can create a one-of-a-kind piece of footprint art that they can then take home.
“This brand-new and completely immersive penguin habitat will not only captivate and entertain our guests but also educate visitors, teachers, and school groups,” said Pablo Chavez, General Manager, Ripley’s Aquarium of Myrtle Beach.
"Our mission is to provide a top-quality, world-class aquatic facility that will promote environmental education, conservation, and research. We know this new penguin addition will support our educational and conservation missions while offering family-friendly entertainment for visitors of all ages."
The African penguin is one of the most endangered penguins in the world—numbers have declined by 60% in the last 28 years. Welcoming Ripley’s new colony in 2020 is just the beginning of the Aquarium’s conservation efforts, as an on-site penguin nursery will house and care for baby penguins, helping Ripley’s Aquarium foster a growing flock.