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Renovation of the Penguinarium at the Detroit Zoo

Renovation of the Penguinarium at the Detroit Zoo 0The Zoological Society of London Renovation of the Penguinarium at the Detroit Zoo STEVE GRAHAM Director, Detroit Zoological Parks Department, POB 39, Royal Oak, Michigan 480484039, USA The Detroit Zoological Park’s Penguinarium opened to the public on 1 October 1968. Although it was at that time, and in some respects remains to this day, a unique approach to displaying one of the public’s favourite zoo animals, by 1984 the zoo was faced with a rapidly ageing facility. A complete renovation of the building took place and the appropriateness of the species then being exhibited was reviewed. ORIGINAL DESIGN The original design has been described in detail by Austin (1978) but for convenience I have summarised the background and basic concepts here. In the mid-1960s the director at that time, Frank McInnis, and the staff had become increasingly concerned about the zoo’s limited success with penguins. There was no area which had been specifically designed for the housing of the birds and their mortality was alarming with a life expectancy which rarely exceeded 90 days. Reproduction was non-existent. Planning began for a specially designed facility which would focus not only on improved husbandry but also on educating the public http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png International Zoo Yearbook Wiley

Renovation of the Penguinarium at the Detroit Zoo

International Zoo Yearbook , Volume 26 (1) – Jan 1, 1987

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Publisher
Wiley
Copyright
© 1987 The Zoological Society of London
ISSN
0074-9664
eISSN
1748-1090
DOI
10.1111/j.1748-1090.1987.tb03145.x
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Abstract

0The Zoological Society of London Renovation of the Penguinarium at the Detroit Zoo STEVE GRAHAM Director, Detroit Zoological Parks Department, POB 39, Royal Oak, Michigan 480484039, USA The Detroit Zoological Park’s Penguinarium opened to the public on 1 October 1968. Although it was at that time, and in some respects remains to this day, a unique approach to displaying one of the public’s favourite zoo animals, by 1984 the zoo was faced with a rapidly ageing facility. A complete renovation of the building took place and the appropriateness of the species then being exhibited was reviewed. ORIGINAL DESIGN The original design has been described in detail by Austin (1978) but for convenience I have summarised the background and basic concepts here. In the mid-1960s the director at that time, Frank McInnis, and the staff had become increasingly concerned about the zoo’s limited success with penguins. There was no area which had been specifically designed for the housing of the birds and their mortality was alarming with a life expectancy which rarely exceeded 90 days. Reproduction was non-existent. Planning began for a specially designed facility which would focus not only on improved husbandry but also on educating the public

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International Zoo YearbookWiley

Published: Jan 1, 1987

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