Bioparco di Roma – The new Penguin exhibit

May 16, 2019  

All the exhibits in the Bioparco di Roma illustrate in detail the eco-ethological characteristics of the species hosted through panels that are easy to understand by the various sections of the public, including school groups. The panels show data on the biology of the species, the geographical distribution and its habitat, curious news, the IUCN threat level and the presence of any in situ and ex situ conservation projects. The particular graphic structure, naturalistic illustrations, interactive machinery, three-dimensional models, reconstructions and reproductions of anatomical parts, devices and interactive information systems for children, QR codes and so on, make the panels attractive and instructive. Furthermore, all the new-concept shows are set up as play and didactics and, where possible, multimedia equipment, which the visitor can experience firsthand. African penguin panels are characterized by a path with wide panels shaped with relief and interactive elements which illustrate the anatomical, ecological and conservation characteristics of the present species and information about the threats (oil spills and plastic emergency).

This is the panel on the specific adaptations to the aquatic life of penguins, in which relief shapes highlight their main characteristics. The paneling completely covers the wall and frames a particular concave porthole from which children can experience a close encounter with the animals that swim in the back basin.

The shaped panel of 8 meters whose background photographic image reproduces the real habitat of the species: Boulder Beach, in South Africa. Dedicated to the biology of the species and its conservation, it illustrates the main characteristics through the use of photographic images, illustrations and short descriptive texts. Particular importance has been given to the life cycle of the Cape penguin through an interactive didactic wheel that shows 6 phases: from the egg to reproduction.

 

The shaped panel designed to raise awareness on the subject of oil pollution due to spills at sea, one of the main threats to Cape penguins in the wild.

 

 

The panel that highlights the different types of penguin swimming which, placed right on the sides of the large window with an underwater view, allows visitors to understand how the wings have taken on the function of fins to “fly” in the water.

 

To complete the educational path, naturalistic illustrations have been placed that highlight all the 18 species of penguin in real size with the relative distribution and degree of threat.

All the panels and fixed information are translate? in both English and Russian so as to give more information to tourists.