Maryland Zoo’s new home for penguins opens Saturday

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The Maryland Zoo at Baltimore will open on Saturday “Penguin Coast,” its new home for the it’s African penguins. The zoo is home to one of the largest colonies of the birds in North America. The exhibit will allow the number of endangered birds to double from its current number of 50.

The state-of-the-art facility, built to resemble the rocky coast of southwest Africa where the species lives, will allow visitors to circle the exhibit, getting a much closer view of the penguins and white-breasted cormorants. The 1,920 square foot Penguin Coast, with a 165,000 gallon pool and underwater viewing, opens September 27.