SCHEDULE: Open Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays
TIMES: 10:15 AM and 3:15 PM
COST: $150 for 1 to 2 participants
LOCATION: The Living Coast

Welcome to the Penguin Feeding Adventure! Here, you will enter the Rocky Shores habitat located in The Living Coast and help the animal care staff feed our Humboldt penguins! You'll also learn about their behavior and the details of our conservation work in Punta San Juan (Peru).

Each feeding lasts approximately 30 minutes, depending on the appetite of the penguins and their moods that day.

Please note, Zoo admission and parking are not included in the Penguin Feeding Adventure price.

Click here for Penguin Feeding Adventure Waiver, FAQs, and Info



Age: Participants must be at least 12 years old.
Maximum Group Size: Each feeding is limited to two participants. (The cost for the Adventure is $150 total for one or two participants. It is the same cost, so you might as well bring a friend!) 
Pictures: For the safety of the penguins, you will not be permitted to take pictures during the feeding. Family members or friends will be able to take pictures for you from the guest areas located in front of the habitat.
Please be on time: Because the penguin feedings are on a set schedule they must start on time. The feeding will proceed without latecomers.
Refund Policy: The following policies are in place because making our Backstage Adventures the best possible experience they can be requires months of planning, preparation, and investment of staff resources. Upon making a reservation, we reserve a space for your party. In doing so, we are barring others from signing up as we have limited programs available. A non-refundable and non-transferable deposit is applied at the time of reservation (25% of your total reservation). Refunds are available, minus the deposit fee, up to 14 days prior to your program. Participants may be rescheduled to a different program date presuming available space. Less than 14 days prior, refunds and rescheduling are no longer possible. Participants who show up late to their program will not be able to extend the length of their program, receive a refund, or reschedule to another date.
Meeting Area: Please meet the Animal Care Specialist at the Living Coast Penguin Encounter Room. Please be on time and do not wander from that area – an animal care specialist will be with you shortly.



• You will be spending time near deep water during the program. Although you won't be swimming, it is important that you are safe and comfortable.
• Participants must be in relatively good physical condition as you will need to be able to maneuver within the Rocky Shores habitat.
• Communication between you and the host zookeeper is crucial. You must be able to read, speak, and understand English without the use of an interpreter. If you are unable to participate in the program without an interpreter, please call (708) 688-8338.
• You must be attentive. Although the animals you will encounter are comfortable working with their human caregivers, they are still wild animals and their behavior is unpredictable. It is important that you pay close attention to the guidance and instructions of the care staff.
• Always follow instructions and authorization from the Animal Care Specialist before approaching any of the animals while participating in the Adventure.
• All participants are required to complete a signed liability waiver.
• Please fill out the entire registration for both participants including boot size. We encourage you to bring your own socks, but will have some on hand if you forget.