Private Penguin Feeding

Join our colony of penguins along the rocky coast of Penguin Point in this interactive experience!

Offered Daily at 1:00pm or 4:00pm

Now you can get even closer to everyone’s favorite tuxedoed friends with a Private Penguin feeding! During this exciting experience, put on boots and hip-waders and enter the habitat alongside one of the National Aviary’s aviculturists. You’ll learn from the expert how to hand-feed our African Penguins. Then, you'll get to feed our colony of African Penguins yourself under our expert guidance! Penguins will waddle toward you and our staff for their tasty fish dinner, and you'll have the opportunity to touch their slick feathers. 

Be sure to capture the moment! Cameras are not allowed in the habitat, but our team will gladly take a photo of you with your phone while you are in the exhibit.


Please note these important guidelines to ensure safety and comfort for you and our penguins:

  • Attire: We will provide rainpants and jackets (available in sizes S, M, L, XL, XXL, 3X), boots (available in sizes M5/W7, M7/W9, M9/W11, M11/W13, M14/W16), and latex gloves (please notify us if you have a latex allergy at the time of booking).
    Guests must wear socks (available for purchase in the gift shop), and long pants are highly recommended.
  • Entering the Habitat: Access to the feeding area involves climbing a short flight of steps and walking over uneven terrain. You will be seated in the exhibit for the feeding. Seats are portable chairs with a weight capacity of 250 lbs.
  • Interacting with our Penguins: We ask that guests walk slowly and carefully, as our penguins will be in the exhibit with you. 
  • Inclement weather: This is an outdoor experience. In the event of inclement weather, we will cancel the program based on our assessment of bird and guest safety, providing as much notice as possible. We will reschedule or issue a full refund upon cancellation.
  • Personal Items: We will store your personal items that cannot be taken into the exhibit with you. The National Aviary is not responsible for lost or stolen items.

Information and Pricing

At the National Aviary, we give our animals the choice to participate in interactive experiences with caring guests, like you!  Please provide your contact information when booking your encounter. If our animal ambassador needs a day of rest, we will contact you to reschedule your encounter. The comfort and safety of our animals and our guests is always our top priority. Thank you for understanding!

  • $100 per person + general admission for non-members. National Aviary members always receive free general admission. Tickets for special encounters are non-refundable and non-transferrable to a different day/time.
  • To ensure the best experience for guests and our penguins, Private Penguin Feedings are limited to two people, ages 14 and older. Guests 16 and under need to be accompanied by an adult.
  • Advance registration guarantees your experience. Same-day registration is based on program availability and cannot be guaranteed.  Programs may sell out early for holidays and special weekends.
  • Please arrive 1 hour before the start of the experience. 

Please call 412-258-9445 to register. 

Can't get enough of our penguins?  Save $15 when you register for both the Penguin Encounter and the Private Penguin Feeding!