Just this past week, the Miami Seaquarium opened its brand-new penguin exhibit, Penguin Isle. Home to 10 African penguins, Penguin Isle offers guests a fantastic viewing opportunity into the lives of a small penguin colony.
The exhibit does an excellent job of catching your eye with a large mural depicting a colony of African penguins living on the beaches in southern Africa. Below the mural is a large sign that draws you in to the exhibit.
The sign that displays the name of the exhibit is actually dual-purposed: on the back side of the panel is an informative display that showcases information about the 18 different species of penguins, and about adaptations of penguins that make them suited to survival in a marine environment.
The exhibit itself appears designed to showcase the swimming abilities of the penguins, as a large percentage of the viewing panels serve as underwater viewing. Overall, the exhibit is divided into two halves which are linked by land area towards the back, and by an underwater tunnel. Each divider between sections of the viewing panels has small plaques with fun facts about African penguins, including information about reproduction and vocalizations.
The land area of the exhibit is visible from the top third of the viewing panels, and the landscaping of the exhibit is designed to replicate rocky southern African beaches where the penguins would naturally live. The perimeter of the land area includes a number of burrow shelters, of which the penguins were making heavy use.
Penguin Isle is a great addition to the Miami Seaquarium’s lineup of exhibits and attractions designed to help guests connect with the oceans of our natural world, and it is sure to become a new guest favorite.