Zoo readies penguin habitat
DECATUR (AP) — Three years after fundraising efforts began, a group of warm-weather penguins is set to find a home at Scovill Zoo this year.
But whether the birds arrive in May or October depends largely on the speed of construction that is now under way. The Decatur Park District Board of Commissioners approved a $1.4 million contract with Christy-Foltz Inc. on Dec. 5, and the company began work the following week.
There is, however, a lot to be done. Construction includes infrastructure like new sanitary sewer, storm and water lines. The Humboldt penguins will have a 5,000-gallon pool to swim around in, and they will be able to take refuge in a building that also includes the filtration systems and two pools for isolation if any animals get sick.
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