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, offered twice daily at 11:30 am and 2:30 pm.

Information and Pricing

  • $40 per person + general admission for non-members. National Aviary members always receive free general admission.
  • 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 Up-close to an African Penguin:

  • Private Penguin Feeding: Enter the habitat to hand-feed our colony of African Penguins, touch the penguins slick feathers, and have a staff member take photos of this experience.
  • Penguin Lovers Experience: Get even closer to our penguins with an encounter, private feeding, and a behind the scenes look at how we care for our colony of African Penguins. Available through Nov. 30.

Call 412-258-9445 to book TODAY!

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!