Journey To South America
Journey To South America takes you through the rainforests of South America, where you will encounter 10-foot anacondas, piranha, caiman alligators, desert insects, tree boas, electric eels, tree frogs and Amazon giants. The exhibit will also educate guests about the biodiversity of rainforest ecosystems, the benefits rainforests provide us and how we all can help protect these amazing habitats!
Feature Exhibits Include:
The Mountain America Credit Union Penguin Encounter
Penguins waddle into our hearts in popular movies and television programs. They adorn our t-shirts, line our bookshelves and appear in our holiday cards. They stand upright and march along in single file. They huddle together when cold, and they swim beautifully. They love to dress formally, and they mate for life (well, sometimes!). In other words, penguins remind us of ourselves. That makes them a natural--and powerful--choice to help explain how the changing climate conditions around us affect our precious wildlife...and us. By bringing excitement and fun to The Living Planet Aquarium, the penguins help raise awareness of the issues facing these and the other 16 species of penguins in their natural environment. Since penguins are specialized for swimming and diving in the oceans, human-induced changes to their environment affect them more than other seabirds. Oceanic changes worldwide are causing habitat deprivation and decline in penguin populations. The survival of penguins and all other wildlife depends on our ability to protect them and their habitats. If we are successful in protecting the penguins' environment, we are ensuring a healthier environment for ourselves and for our children.
The Living Planet Aquarium is home to 11 captive raised Gentoo penguins. When guests enter the exhibit they will find themselves immersed in a “Falkland Island Research Station” where they will have the chance to observe the unique behaviors of these aquatic birds as they splash, dive and "fly" underwater in their naturalistic habitat. On land, penguins are not very graceful, but you’ll soon understand why everyone says these birds really “fly” underwater. With paddle-like wings providing propulsion, and their feet and tail providing steering and braking, these animals will amaze everyone with their agility and speed below the water. Gentoo penguins can swim up to 17 miles per hour, declaring them the fastest species of penguins.
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The Penguin Encounter is a once in a lifetime chance to interact with Gentoo penguins from the Antarctic! The Penguin Encounter is a 45-minute program designed to allow guests to get up close to one of the penguins from Faulkland Island Exhibit. Led by an Aquarium biologist, the experience starts at the front of the exhibit and takes guests behind the scenes to the chilly penguin exhibit while discussing penguin biology, conservation, training, enrichment and care.
$20 per person for members/$25 per person for non-members
Limit 8 people per encounter.
Children under the age of 16 must be supervised by a legal guardian.
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