BALTIMORE (AP) — The Maryland Zoo in Baltimore is closed this week as it prepares for the grand opening of a major new exhibit focusing on African black-footed penguins and other renovated exhibits.

The new exhibit, “Penguin Coast,” will open Sept. 27, when the zoo reopens. The zoo will be closed Monday through Friday for final preparations.

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The zoo says the penguin exhibit will bring guests up close to the birds in a recreation of their natural habitat along South Africa’s coasts. It includes a large pool and underwater viewing area surrounding an indoor conservation center, which will house the birds’ nests. It could eventually house up to 100 birds.

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The zoo is also reopening its “Marsh Aviary in the Maryland Wilderness” exhibit and will return its flock of flamingos to public view.

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