$3 Million Grant for Detroit Zoo Penguin Center

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

ROYAL OAK, Mich. (AP) -- The Detroit Zoo is getting a $3 million grant from the William Davidson Foundation Fund to open a new center for penguins.

The foundation said Thursday that the money will "support the development of the Polk Penguin Conservation Center" at the zoo, located in the Detroit suburb of Royal Oak.

The foundation says it will take about two years to build the center, creating about 100 temporary jobs. It says the zoo will add several full-time jobs once the center opens.

The outside of the center will have an iceberg-like look. The interior will include effects such as arctic blasts, waves and snow. It will include a penguin deep dive with views above and below a 326,000-gallon, 25-foot-deep tank.


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