Aquarium of Niagara to Expand Humboldt Penguin Exhibit

Feeding time at the Niagara Falls aquarium Humboldt penguin exhibit. (Flickr/Pinguerin)

The Niagara Falls aquarium is expanding its facilities to protect and breed a threatened penguin species.

The $3.3 million exhibit and gallery will include a rock beach modeled after the Peruvian coast and an interactive classroom for visitors.

The expansion will allow the aquarium to seek accreditation from the Association of Zoos and Aquariums to expand the penguin colony and restart a breeding program.

Only 20 facilities in the United States and Canada house the Humboldt penguin species. The new exhibit will feature more than 20 of the birds.