LAFAYETTE, Ind. (WLFI) — It was penguin mania at the Columbian Park Zoo Friday.
"We are so excited," said Columbian Park Zoo Assistant Director of Education Courtney Nave. "Guys, it has finally happened. It is penguin day at the Columbian Park Zoo."
Dozens of people lined up for their chance to see the new African black-footed penguins.
"We're here to see the penguins," said Hannah Slabaugh. "We're so excited."
Zip is the leader, and Raspberry is the youngest of the group. They and seven other of their friends arrived at the zoo Wednesday.
"These penguins right now are getting acclimated to Indiana," said Nave. "I feel like they're still on pacific time a little bit having come from California."
However, Nave said jet lag doesn't seem to be an issue with this crew.
"They're interactive and they're so cute," she said.
Penguin Day was about more than getting to see the birds in action.
"The stars of the show are, of course, the birds themselves, but we want to make sure that people get engaged and learn a little bit about the penguins as well," Nave explained.
Visitors did crafts and other educational activities to learn more about the animals.
It seems like the penguins are already making a positive impact.
"We could have not had a better day," said Nave.
The penguin exhibit will be open all season.
Two more birds are set to join the zoo, but they have to finish molting before they can make the trip to Indiana.