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Penguins debut at Vancouver Aquarium

Courtesy Vancouver Aquarium

VANCOUVER, British Columbia — The Vancouver Aquarium’s new Penguin Point exhibit features six African penguins in a re-created South African penguin habitat.

The flightless birds have adapted easily to Vancouver’s coastal climate and are making themselves at home in a specially designed environment that features a stony beach, 12,000-gallon water tank and cliff side inspired by their natural habitat at Boulders Beach in Cape Town, South Africa.

African penguins’ numbers have declined from 100,000 in the early 1900s to approximately 20,000 now due to overfishing and climate change. The informative exhibit is designed to educate visitors on the simple steps they can take to help protect this endangered species.