The Polk Penguin Conservation Center (PPCC) has been in the planning and design phase for two years and represents the largest project the Detroit Zoo has ever undertaken. One of the most dramatic features of the $29.5 million facility will be a penguin “deep dive” with views above and below water as the birds dive and soar through a chilled 326,000-gallon, 25-foot-deep aquatic area.

Support from the community at all levels is
needed to create this amazing home for

penguins that is centered on conservation
and will
 be an extraordinary experience
for our guests.

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Be part of the transformation by making a
gift to support the
Polk Penguin Conservation Center.


Inspired by Sir Ernest Shackleton’s legendary Antarctic expeditions as well as epic crossings of the Drake Passage, the facility will feature 4-D effects such as arctic blasts, rough waves and snow, and physical elements such as ice crevasses. The building’s exterior will evoke a tabular iceberg. The habitats will ensure an optimal environment for the penguins’ welfare and encourage wild behavior, from diving and porpoising to nesting and rearing young.

Conceptual renderings of the Polk Penguin Conservation Center by architectural firm Albert Kahn Associates, Inc, architects of the Ruth Roby Glancy Animal Health Complex. It will be built on a 2-acre site near the Detroit Zoo’s entrance and will open in early 2016.

Special recognition opportunities are available for larger investments. Please contact Tricia Brosnahan at (248) 336-5728 to learn more.

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