Penguin Encounter

Penguin Encounter

Step into the classroom to get up close and personal with African penguins and learn about this endangered species. 

Make a Penguin Pal

Add a penguin encounter to your aquarium adventure to meet these playful birds for yourself in this expert-led small group animal encounter.

Need to Know Info

What's Included

  • Get up close with an African penguin

  • Learn about this endangered species from an Animal Care expert

  • A souvenir photo 

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Swirly Backdrop

Penguin Painting Experience

Upgrade your Penguin Encounter and go home with a one-of-a-kind penguin painting made in collaboration with you and your new feathered friend!

Swirling Pinstripe backdrop

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