San Diego Zoo's Africa Rocks exhibit opens Saturday

Posted at 7:02 PM, Jun 30, 2017
and last updated 2017-06-30 22:09:15-04

SAN DIEGO (KGTV) - The San Diego Zoo brings species from the other side of the world to Balboa Park with its Conrad Prebys Africa Rocks exhibit, opening Saturday, July 1.

SLIDESHOW: Africa Rocks

Phase one of the exhibit, the Cape Fynbos habitat, is ready to open to the public. It features penguin nesting areas and rockwork that mimics the granite boulders found at Boulders Beach in South Africa, said the zoo. At 70 feet long and ten feet wide, Cape Fynbos is the largest penguin habitat in the zoo's history.  Penguins can swim in a 200,000 gallon pool that stretches 170 feet.

Construction crews are finishing the remaining area of Africa Rocks.

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Africa Rocks features African penguins living on rocks right above an aquarium full of leopard sharks.  The penguins were introduced to the exhibit last week, according to the zoo.

See two 360 videos of Africa Rocks on our ABC 10News Facebook page.

The San Diego Zoo recently launched its Nighttime Zoo event for the summer.

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