Kansas City Zoo breaks ground for penguin exhibit

Thursday, September 20, 2012 | 7:28 a.m. CDT; updated 9:23 a.m. CDT, Thursday, September 20, 2012

KANSAS CITY — The Kansas City Zoo plans to begin demolishing buildings this week to make room for a new penguin exhibit.

Officials announced Wednesday that $4.1 million in private money has been raised for the project. The Kansas City Star reported that the total project cost is about $15 million. The rest of the money will come from revenues from a sales tax approved last year by voters in Jackson and Clay counties.

The exhibit will be near the zoo's entrance and feature a 100,000-gallon pool of chilled water for cold-climate penguin species. A separate, 25,000-gallon pool will have both indoor and outdoor areas for warmer-climate Humboldt penguins.

Coral reef fish, schooling fish and jellyfish will swim in three other aquariums.

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