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Imagine the thrill of having a penguin waddle up to meet you! During Lehigh Valley Zoo's interactive Penguin Connection, you'll be introduced to one of our African Penguins and may even get to touch its sleek, slick feathers. Participants will learn about these remarkable birds and discuss conservation issues affecting their population.
Don't forget your camera so you can take unforgettable photos of your experience!
$300.00 for up to eight people
Attendees must be 42” tall
Children 16 and under must be accompanied by an adult
Children under 5 must be accompanied by their own parent/guardian
Two weeks advanced reservation required.
Book your program during Zoo hours and receive free admission to Lehigh Valley Zoo for the entire day. Penguin Connection programs are also available for group visits and Zoo rentals.
During the program, participants view a 10 minute presentation on penguins, learn about their natural history and care, and the challenges they face in the wild. After the presentation, one of the Zoo’s African Penguins will walk freely among the group. Guests can offer toys and enrichment items as the penguin plays and interacts with its new friends. The program includes 20 minutes of supervised contact time followed by ten minutes for photos where guests may have an opportunity to touch the penguin.
Do we get to touch or pet a penguin?
Due to the needs of our animals, we cannot guarantee that you will be able to touch the penguin. Our educators are experts in determining if it is appropriate for you to do so, and will instruct you in the safe way of touching a penguin.