Detroit Zoo Announces $21 Million Penguin Exhibit

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

ROYAL OAK, Mich. (AP) -- The Detroit Zoo plans to build what it says is the largest center in the U.S. dedicated to penguins.

Officials made the announcement Wednesday, saying the zoo in suburban Royal Oak will build the $21 million Penguin Conservation Center. Construction will begin in March, and the facility is expected to open in late 2015.

Construction of the 24,000-square-foot center is being made possible in part by the largest private donation in the zoo's history, $10 million given by Stephen Polk and his family. Polk is the former CEO of the R.L. Polk Co.

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