It only took 18 years, but penguins are back at the Toronto Zoo.
The brand-new exhibit opened on Saturday, with 12 endangered African penguins showing off in their 6,000 square foot habitat. The exhibit will be opened year-round, and yes, there is an underwater viewing area.
The zoo last had penguins in 1993.
Earlier this month, the Toronto Zoo board voted to phase out its elephant program. The zoo was already facing concerns over whether the city could afford a new $16.5-million elephant facility or the animals’ $1-million annual upkeep bill. Four of the zoo’s elephants have died in the past five years.