A Penguin Encounter that reproduces the birds' Antarctic environment is half completed at Sea World of Ohio at the Zoological Park near Cleveland and is scheduled to open on Memorial Day.
Though smaller, it was modeled on the Penguin Encounter at Sea World San Diego by the San Diego architecture firm of Delawie/Bretton/Wilkes Associates, which designed both. The 1,500-square-foot exhibit has a construction cost of $3.2 million.
The principal difference is that the Ohio exhibit is buried in a hillside, with only the laminated beams of the entrance and exit visible from ground level.
Visitors will travel through the exhibit on a moving walkway that gradually changes height to afford views of the penguins' feeding, nest-building and other activities both on land and in their salt-water swimming pool, kept at a temperature of 45 degress fahrenheit.