Monday, March 9, 2009

Penguins Waddle into Jackson this Spring Break

What’s two feet tall, is a bird but can’t fly and only lives in the Southern Hemisphere, specifically on Africa’s southwest coast? Answer. The Black-footed Penguin!

The Jackson Zoo is proud to announce that six Black-footed Penguins will be calling the Jackson Zoo home from March 14, 2009 until August 15, 2009 as part of the exciting special exhibit, Penguin Plunge.

Penguin Plunge will introduce guests to these interesting creatures, sometimes referred to as “Jackass Penguins,” because their mating call sounds like a braying donkey.

Penguin Plunge is a self-contained exhibit that will house the birds and features a rock-cropped backdrop with nesting stations and a pool for the birds to swim in.

Guests of the Zoo will be able to view the penguins during normal visiting hours in the special exhibit installed in the Discovery Zoo for an additional fee.

“We are thrilled to introduce these animals to the visiting public,” said Zoo Director Beth Poff. “The recent surge in popularity of penguins due to scores of movies and documentaries released made the decision to bring this special exhibit easy. We have no doubt lots of young people and the ‘young at heart’ won’t want to miss the opportunity to see the penguins so close to home.”

The exhibit will open to the general public during ZOO DAY festivities sponsored by WAPT, March 14, 2009.

Zoo Day is an annual event that features something for the whole family, including live bands throughout the day, an open air market featuring local craftspeople, children’s games, performances by Inky the Clown, Keeper Chats, and so much more!

For more information, call 601-352-2580 or visit


  1. I am so adding this to my list of things to do with the boys for Spring Break.

  2. No way!!! I LOVED penguins growing up and always wanted to go to Antarctica to live with them! Haha! We will definitely be going to see this. We had been planning on taking our son to Jackson to the zoo soon and this just sealed the deal!

  3. thank you for the link, will return the favor


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