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Aquarium of the Pacific relaunches Penguin Encounters

After a hiatus, the Aquarium’s Penguin Encounter program will offer up-close experiences with these charismatic birds starting August 3.

The Aquarium of the Pacific is now offering its popular Animal Encounter program with Magellanic penguins. Participants will have the chance to sit next to a penguin as it waddles around outside the June Keyes Penguin Habitat before the Aquarium opens to the public in the morning. An Aquarium educator will accompany participants and teach them about the Aquarium’s penguins, where this species lives in the wild, what they eat, and how the Aquarium cares for them. Participants are encouraged to bring their camera or phone to take photos. Meet with the Aquarium’s staff members who care for penguins and get up close to these fascinating birds during this thirty-minute program.

Penguin Encounters require a minimum of two and a maximum of four participants, limited to one household group. Participants must be at least 7 years old. Advance reservations are required. Once booked, Animal Encounter participants must complete a waiver and release form. Participants must wear closed-toe shoes and facial coverings, social distance from staff members at all times and will have their temperatures taken prior to entering the Aquarium. For more information about the Aquarium’s safety protocols, please visit

Penguin Encounters is offered daily at 8:30 a.m. Penguin Encounters must be booked at least 48 hours in advance.

The cost is $150 per person, $135 per Aquarium member. Includes Aquarium admission (currently only outdoor exhibit areas are open).

For more information or to RSVP, call (562) 590-3100 or visit

This article was released by the Aquarium of the Pacific.