Adventure Aquarium to Host 8th Annual African Penguin Awareness Weekend

Adventure Aquarium, in partnership with the Southern African Foundation for the Conservation of Coastal Birds (SANCCOB) and AZA SAFE: Saving Animals From Extinction, is proud to announce the 8th Annual African Penguin Awareness Weekend, a festival which creates awareness for endangered African Penguins in the wild.

During Labor Day Weekend, Saturday, September 3 through Monday, September 5, guests will enjoy a wide variety of penguin programming, including a special morning “penguin pep rally,” penguin feeds, up-close penguin appearances, various opportunities to help penguins in the wild and much more!

“We are thrilled to host African Penguin Awareness Weekend for the eighth consecutive year,” said Michele Pagel, Curator of Birds and Mammals, Adventure Aquarium.  “African penguins are endangered on the International Union for Conservation of Nature Red List of Threatened Species (IUCN). This weekend gives us a chance to spread awareness for our conservation partners, SANCCOB and AZA SAFE, as well as invite our guests on the many ways they can become a hero to penguins in the wild.  We also hope they’ll come away from their visit with a brand new perspective on our colony right here at Adventure Aquarium!”

All donations made during the weekend will benefit penguins in the wild. Adventure Aquarium will also match the donations made by guests dollar-for-dollar throughout African Penguin Awareness Weekend.


NEW! Penguin Pep Rally – Guests are encouraged to arrive early to watch as penguins waddle out to Penguin Island from the Rotunda to officially kick off the day’s events!  Check out this fun experience at 10:15 a.m. all weekend long.

NEW! Name Me Maybe? – Help name the newest members of the Adventure Aquarium family, the African penguin clutchmates. Born earlier this year, the young birds still need names and guests can vote using spare change for their favorite choice.  The finalist names are: Beaker, Pickles, Squirt and Thumper.  The two names which receive the most votes will win!

NEW! Meet a Penguin – Throughout the day, guests will come face-to-face with members from the penguin colony as well as have the opportunity to ask a Penguin Expert plenty of questions. Additional charge, space limited.

Penguin Painting Demonstrations – Guests will watch the penguins as they dip their feet in colorful penguin-safe paint and create artistic masterpieces right before their eyes!

Perfectly-Penguin Feeds – Guests can observe biologists feed the penguins their favorite meal as well as learn from Penguin Experts as they explain the daily nutrition of the penguins and other fun facts. Feedings are held in Penguin Island and are free for all Adventure Aquarium guests. Arrive early to grab a spot, as this is a popular show for visitors. For the latest feed schedule times, head to

Behind-the-scenes Penguin Video – Visitors will get a unique inside perspective of a day in the life of the Adventure Aquarium penguin colony, including prepping their meals, receiving check-ups, molting, swimming, painting and much more.

Explore and Discover Penguin Artifacts – Guests will get a hands-on look at the various “biofacts” of African Penguins. Explore and discover African Penguin feathers, eggs, diet, vitamins, and much more as well as read informative displays about African Penguins, SANCCOB and AZA SAFE.

Penguin Adoptions – Guests can adopt an Adventure Aquarium penguin at The Gift Shop, with a portion of the proceeds benefitting SANCCOB. Find out more details on how to adopt a member of the colony!


Adventure Aquarium is just minutes from downtown Philadelphia on the Camden Waterfront and features one-of-a-kind exhibits with more than 8,500 aquatic species throughout two million gallons of water.  The Aquarium is home to the largest collection of sharks on the East Coast, including the only great hammerhead shark on exhibit in the United States as well as two rare scalloped hammerhead sharks, the only aquarium in the world to exhibit hippos, one of only six facilities in the US to have Little Blue penguins as permanent residents and exhibits the longest Shark Bridge in the world, a unique V-shaped rope suspension bridge just inches over Shark Realm. Adventure Aquarium is an accredited member of the Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA), and is held to the absolute highest standards in animal care and exhibition. Open 365 days a year, from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.  For more information, visit