- Associated Press - Friday, February 5, 2016

ROYAL OAK, Mich. (AP) - Eighteen Detroit Zoo employees are on a privately funded cruise to Antarctica this week ahead of the opening of the zoo’s new $29.5 million Polk Penguin Conservation Center.

The Detroit News reports (https://detne.ws/1SOnm7y ) the zoo is paying about $36,000 combined airfare for the staffers, including zoo CEO Ron Kagan, to get from Detroit to Punta Arenas, Chile. They’re joining 35 major donors on the voyage.

Six zoo employees originally were scheduled to go, but the newspaper says not enough donors were able to fill available slots.

The Polk Penguin Conservation Center is scheduled to open in April and will be home to more than 80 penguins. Once the new facility is completed, the zoo’s current home for penguins, called the Penguinarium, will become a bat conservation center.

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Online:

https://dzoo.org/pcc

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Information from: The Detroit News, https://detnews.com/

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