Funding increased by about $300,000 since September press conference
The Aquarium of Niagara's "Save our Penguins" campaign is growing closer to its targeted total. The City of Niagara Falls' educational attraction is looking to raise $3.2 million for a new, 3,500-square-foot Humboldt penguin exhibit. At the time of a late September press conference, between $2.3 million and $2.4 million had been collected. A a GoFundMe campaign was announced then and, in the past five weeks, another $300,000 or so has brought the current sum to $2.7 million.
To make a donation to the Aquarium of Niagara's Humboldt penguin exhibit, visit gofundme.com/saveourpenguins. For larger contributions, go to aquariumofniagara.org, or call the development office at 716-286-9381.
Penguin-themed items also are for sale in the gift shop.
At the start of December, the Aquarium of Niagara's seven Humboldt penguins will begin splitting time between their current first-floor digs and a temporary space on the second floor. Staffers are presently preparing the room - "baby-proofing" it from sharp edges, and creating a climate in keeping with the penguins' native Peru and Chile coastlines.
Once the new penguin exhibit area is completed in 2017, the Aquarium of Niagara can apply for accreditation from the Association of Zoos and Aquariums. Upon approval, the aquarium can then partner with other environmental agencies to take on additional penguins.
The temporary penguin room is under construction, with a target open date of Dec. 1.
'Save our Penguins' September press conference highlights: