It will be well into the 80s this Saturday, but that won’t stop some of the Kansas City Zoo’s penguins from waddling around to the admiration of guests during their monthly penguin march.
The zoo’s Humboldt penguins will put their tuxedo feathers on display at 11 a.m. Sept. 24 and 25 for a 20-minute parade around the Helzberg Penguin Plaza.
Because of the unusually warm weather, the Humboldts (a South American species found on the coasts of Chile and Peru) will be the only birds taking a stroll. The gentoo and king penguins, found in the South Atlantic, will stay inside their icy enclosure.
The zoo has been holding penguin marches since the exhibit opened in October 2013, zoo marketing director Julie Neemeyer said. The marches are part of an enrichment program that allows the birds to see new environments and meet the public outside the glass walls.
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Zookeepers will lead the birds around the building every fourth weekend in the coming months, barring any dangerous weather or unforeseen circumstances. In December, all the penguins will march every weekend.