Since their debut, penguin walks have been one of the Vancouver Aquarium’s most popular guest experiences, but with winter and the cold, rainy season approaching, the penguins have waddled inside for an indoor enrichment session.

During these enrichment sessions, the African penguins get to experience new sights and sounds, while getting a little exercise. It’s also the perfect opportunity for guests to get up close – really close – and ask questions about these adorable flightless birds, which are also an endangered species.

Indulge your curiosity about African penguins during a penguin enrichment session, occurring twice daily in the Pacific Canada Gallery. For information on when these shows will occur, simply ask an interpretive delivery specialist in the Pacific Canada Gallery.

The African penguins at the Vancouver Aquarium were bred at another aquarium as part of the Association of Zoos and Aquariums’ 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. 

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  1. Collette Mansfield

    I wish to be able to learn more about the animals at the Vancouver Aquarium. I have been on Disability leave from work for 2 years and recently moved back here from Sk. I am now on Income Assistance and have applied for Long Term Disability Asstistance. I am waiting. I have a dog for support with my deep depression, an outcome from my numbered of illnesses. Some have not been diagnosed, so, I may be off work for a long time. If I ever get the chance to work again. Animals are my comfort. I have 1 dog, 2 cats, 2 birds and fish. I did have 2 snakes, fish and 2 mice before I moved as well. Just were not able to bring them on my flight.

    • Vancouver Aquarium

      Thanks for your note, Collette. The AquaBlog at is a great way to learn more about the animals here at the Aquarium, as well as our website’s AquaFacts page, which you can access by clicking here. Also, you might be interested to know that the Aquarium’s next Access Day is on Dec. 7 – you can learn more about it at this page. Please let us know if you have any other questions or inquiries.


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