African Penguins get ready to showcase their famous waddle for onlookers.
This summer, guests at the Vancouver Aquarium are in for a treat. Our much-loved African Penguins are stepping out of Penguin Point and showcasing their adorable waddle for our visitors. Guests are invited to watch this magical moment as the flightless birds stroll along the beluga deck at the Arctic Canada Gallery, providing an enrichment opportunity for the penguins and a delightful display for visitors.
Numerous times a day, pairs of these beguiling creatures follow an Aquarium team member and waddle along a path that curves around the beluga habitat. This provides guests with a chance to get closer to the birds and experience them without a glass barrier. It also allows visitors to see, first-hand, the waddle for which the flightless birds are known.
Through this engaging experience, guests have the opportunity to form a genuine connection with the African penguins, an endangered species, and be inspired to learn more about these fascinating and highly vulnerable creatures.
The enchanting penguin walk occurs daily at the Arctic Canada Gallery prior to many of the beluga programs. A full show schedule can be found here.
The penguins at the Vancouver Aquarium were bred at another aquarium as part of the Association of Zoos and Aquarium’s Species Survival Plan. The number of penguins in southern Africa has dropped 90 per cent since the early 1900s. North American zoos and aquariums, including the Vancouver Aquarium, are helping to save this species through population management, education and ocean-sustainability programs.