Penguins test out their new home

May 6, 2008 8:09:34 PM PDT
A pair of penguins who will be moving into Golden Gate Park, got their first look at their new home on Tuesday.

They started with pictures outside the new California Academy of Sciences Museum, but the main event was inside where the penguins were checking out their new habitat which has been under construction for months.

There will eventually be 20 birds here. But on Tuesday, just two were brought in for the test run, to make sure the design is perfect for penguins.

"That they can navigate very well above the water, below the water, they can get in of the pool, out of the pool, those things are very important to us," said Pam Schaller, an aquatic biologist.

The 2,500 gallon tank is built to look like the penguins' native habitat which is on the rocky coast of South Africa.

The penguin exhibit, and the rest of the museum, is scheduled to open in September.

California Academy of Sciences:
www.calacademy.org

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