Helzberg Penguin Plaza


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Kansas City Zoo’s Helzberg Penguin Plaza opened September of 2013. It is home to about a dozen Humboldt Penguins and 50 Cold Water Penguins.


This project was funded in part by several donations as well as the citizens of Jackson and Clay county. From the Kansas City Zoo Webpage: “Thanks to the Junior League of Greater Kansas City for their generous lead gift of one million dollars. The main exhibit area viewing window looks out onto massive ice formations that provide a variety of above and below water excitement. Some of the features visible include an ice bridge, tunnels and even pop-up holes for penguins to launch themselves out of. Special Filtration is provided for this world-class exhibit to control airborne pathogens and provide odor control for the more than 100,000 gallons of salt water. Water cycles through the life support systems every 30 minutes and used saltwater is recycled to conserve fresh water and salt. Two ice flake machines located on catwalk above the viewing window will produce 3” of snowfall per day, perfect for penguins to play!”

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