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Penguin Days

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Penguin Days

Jan. 6 through Feb. 29

Bundle up and take advantage of $8 admission this winter!

The weather may be chilly, but we’ve got a cool deal for you!

Bundle up and come see many of our animals for just $8 this winter.* Warm up inside our indoor learning areas including the Herpetarium, Bug U!, the Jake L. Hamon Gorilla Conservation Research Station, the Highland Hippo Hut, and the Simmons Safari Base Camp.

Now through Jan. 31:

  • Learn all about African penguins with daily keeper chats and feedings at 10:30 a.m. at the Don Glendenning Penguin Cove.
  • Make a new friend! Meet a penguin right outside the Wonders of the Wild Amphitheater at 2:30 p.m. daily.
  • Learn how you can protect these endangered birds at our Penguin Conservation Station daily from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., also at Penguin Cove.

Note: All activities are weather dependent.

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forage feeding

Stop by Penguin Cove at 10:30 am every day this month (weather permitting) to see a special “forage feeding.” A forage feeding is where zoologists toss tons of yummy fish into the water for the penguins to dive in and catch. Our penguins LOVE this, and it’s very fun to watch!

saving african penguins

The Dallas Zoo is deeply committed to saving the African penguin. Bird Supervisor Kevin Graham is leading a massive effort to protect the endangered bird across coastal South Africa. African penguins have faced a 99-percent drop in population because they can’t safely protect their eggs; there‚Äôs roughly 13,300 breeding pairs left.

After years in the making, and extensively testing various prototypes, Graham has successfully engineered an artificial nest for the penguins to use to properly safeguard their eggs. So far the team has placed more than 2,000 nests on the beaches of South Africa, and chicks are already hatching.

Follow us on social media for the latest updates on our efforts to save African penguins.

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