ROYAL OAK (WWJ) – The Detroit Zoo will present Penguins: A Photographic Expedition” by artist and photographer J.J. L’Heureux at the Ford Education Center Oct. 1 through Dec. 31, 2011. The exhibition is open during zoo hours and is free with admission.

Zoo visitors are invited to an opening-day artist’s talk and gallery walk-through with L’Heureux on Oct. 1 at 3 p.m., followed by a book signing.

Organized by Katherine T. Carter & Associates, the exhibition is comprised of 120 digital photographs featuring 12 species of penguins. The photographs highlight the distinctive physical characteristics of the various penguin species, their movements, molting, chicks and family dynamics.

L’Heureux said her intention is to introduce the viewer to the faces of some of the amazing creatures she met and photographed in Antarctica

A native of Grosse Pointe, Mich., L’Heureux first visited Antarctica in 2000 and became intrigued with the wildlife and pristine environment. She returns every year to document the antarctic wildlife for her photography collection. She has since published two books, “Good Day Book” and “Faces from the Southern Ocean”, which showcase her photographs and personal connection to the wildlife. For more, visit

Situated on 125 acres of naturalistic exhibits, the Detroit Zoo is located at the intersection of 10 Mile Rd. and Woodward, just off I-696, in Royal Oak. Admission is $12 for adults 15 to 61, $10 for senior citizens 62 and older, and $8 for children 2 to 14 (children under 2 are free). For more information, call 248-541-5717 or visit


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