Penguins in Springfield? Absolutely! Wonders of Wildlife National Museum & Aquarium has welcomed 11 Gentoo penguins to Penguin Cove — their new home at the world-class conservation attraction. 

 

A Gentoo penguin at Wonders of Wildlife National Museum & Aquarium in Springfield, Missouri.

The cold-weather species is native to Antarctica. The colony at Wonders of Wildlife comes from a zoo in Nebraska. Penguin Cove is the latest addition to Wonders of Wildlife, which opened is doors in September and is in the running for USA TODAY’s “Best New Attraction” for 2017. You can vote for Wonders of Wildlife in the contest through January 1st! 

 

Kids explore a "pop-up" bubble in Penguin Cove at Wonders of Wildlife National Museum & Aquarium in Springfield, Missouri.

Key features of Penguin Cove include: 

  • Two 360-degree “pop-up” bubbles that place guests of all ages directly inside the habitat, allowing them to go eye-to-eye with the birds as they waddle around the exhibit’s rocky surfaces. 
  • A massive “Polar Plunge Tube” featuring penguins diving down to the depths of the ocean floor with a stunning circular aquarium that offers underwater viewing to guests dining at Fish Tales Cafe inside the main lobby. 
  • Two nesting portals that allow guests to peer inside the rocky alcoves where the social birds may seek solitude from their feathered friends. 

Penguin Cove is located within the Polar Exhibition region of the Wildlife Galleries section of the museum.