Penguin Encounter

Have you ever wanted to get up close with an African Penguin?

Now you can! Mingle with one of our most recognizable birds in this popular interactive program! Learn about African Penguins from a National Aviary expert, and get up close to a member of the colony! This unique opportunity is offered twice daily at 9:30 AM and 2:00 PM

Information and Pricing

  • $40 per person
  • 6 years and older. Children 15 and under must be accompanied by a paying adult over 18 years of age.
  • 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.

More Ways to Get Even Closer to an African Penguin:

  •  Private Penguin Feeding: Enter the habitat to hand-feed our colony of African Penguins, touch the penguins slick feathers, and take a one-of-a-kind selfie during this immersive experience!
  • Jr. Penguin Encounter: Now for the whole family! Animal lovers of all ages can experience the thrill of an up-close visit with an African Penguin with a new Junior Penguin Encounter!

Email or call 412-258-9445 to book your animal encounter!

Tickets for special encounters are non-refundable and non-transferrable to a different day/time. 
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!