Sea Life Melbourne’s Penguin Playground is a great example of an established aquarium investing and innovating to create new and exciting visitor experiences.
The exhibit was created in 2008 as part of a significant expansion to the aquarium, which was originally built a decade earlier.
The Penguin Playground exhibit replicates the seasons and light cycles of Antarctica, features simulated snowy conditions and a 14-degree Celsius chilled water state of the art life support system. The temperature in the Penguin Playground ranges from -10 degrees to 5 degrees.
AAT’s role included On-site Construction and Acrylic Installation Services, FRP Exhibit Tanks, Waterproofing and aquarium Life Support Systems.
Meeting the King and Gentoo penguins at Sea Life Melbourne remains a significant attraction to the aquarium, which is beautifully situated on the banks of the Yarra River.
The aquarium’s YouTube channel still hosts several promotional videos used to launch the exhibit over ten years ago. (By the way, the animals did not actually come from Antarctica – they were bred in captivity in New Zealand.)