The new penguin enclosure (2009)
After one and a half years of construction, the new King and Gentoo Penguin enclosure was opened on 23 March 2009. The long-established company Vorwerk & Co. KG, a founding member of the Zoo Society, financed the enclosure on the occasion of its 125th anniversary in 2008. As a result the Wuppertal Zoo now has the largest and most modern penguin enclosure in Europe. The area available to the animals is approximately 100 m2 and includes a pool with 220 m3 of water. The chief attraction of the new enclosure is the 15-meter-long acrylic glass tunnel under the water's surface. The only one of its kind in the world, this feature offers visitors a fascinating view into the underwater world of the penguin. Besides the King Penguin, Wuppertal's heraldic animal, the new enclosure also houses Gentoo Penguins that came to Wuppertal from the Edinburgh Zoo at the beginning of 2009.