Feb. 5, 2015

Saint Louis Zoo 314/781-0900
Susan Gallagher 314/646-4633
Christy Childs, 314/646-4639;
Joanna Hoeltge, 314/646-4703

Penguin & Puffin Coast to Re-open on March 5

Penguin & Puffin Coast at the Saint Louis Zoo will re-open to the public on Thursday, March 5 at 10:30 a.m. with a parade of king and gentoo penguins leading the way. Immediately following the parade, the exhibit will once again be open to the public every day.

The exhibit has been closed since Sept. 2013 for construction of McDonnell Polar Bear Point, which is next door to the penguin habitats. The Humboldt penguins have been receiving visitors at their outdoor habitat since Oct. 2014; however, the indoor portion of the exhibit has remained closed to the public. Major construction of Polar Bear Point will be complete by this spring, and the exhibit is expected to open in summer 2015.

"We know our visitors have missed the penguins and we're happy to bring them back," says Jeffrey P. Bonner, Ph.D., Dana Brown President and Chief Executive Officer of the Saint Louis Zoo. "Our spectacular new Polar Bear Point will be well worth the wait."

Penguin & Puffin coast opened in 2003 and is home to about 100 oceanic birds —penguins from the Southern hemisphere and puffins from the Northern hemisphere. The Dennis & Judy Jones Family Humboldt Haven is the outdoor habitat for the Humboldt penguins, a threatened species found only along the rugged Pacific coast of Peru and Chile. The 45-degree indoor Lichtenstein Penguin Cove is home to rockhopper, king and gentoo penguins. Horned and tufted puffins live in the Taylor Family Puffin Bay. Visitors can see these sea birds on land and underwater in this unique walk-through exhibit.

Visitors can also continue to view the Zoo's live penguin and puffin webcams at

The Zoo is open 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily. Admission to the Zoo and Penguin & Puffin Coast is free. For more information, visit