LAFAYETTE, Ind. (WLFI) — In one week, the Columbian Park Zoo will finally open its new African penguin exhibit.
Seven of the nine total penguins will make their arrival on Thursday, July 29.
They will be on display for the public on Friday, July 30 during the zoo's "Penguin Day."
The captive-bred penguins are coming from the Six Flags Discovery Kingdom in California, and a zookeeper and vet tech will help the birds transition into their new habitat.
As we've reported, the pandemic and the birds molting delayed the opening, but Zoo Director Neil Dale said it was worth the wait.
"It took a little longer than normal to get the permit and everything in line so we could safely bring the penguins out here, but we are super excited," Dale said. "We're ready. We couldn't be more happy that they're finally going to be here."
Dale said two of the nine total birds will stay behind while they complete their molting process.
Zoo members will get a sneak-peek of the penguins on Thursday, July 29, from 5 to 7 p.m.