March of the Penguins


One of our most popular annual events, March of the Penguins, is happening Saturday, July 27! 

Come to watch our five adorable Magellanic penguin chicks waddle through the Zoo to their new home on Penguin Island.  With much pomp and circumstance, this event celebrates the chicks' graduation from “Fish School” where they lose their fluffy down, learn to eat whole fish, swim and accept food from their human keepers.  Once these little ones have made it around the pond, they’re reunited with the rest of the penguin colony where they will remain for their adult lives. 

In the past, attending guests had the opportunity to name one of the chicks, but this year, with five new chicks set to march to their Penguin Island home, we’re offering a chance for guests to submit their favorite name any day prior to the July 27 event! From now until July 26, come to the 3:30 p.m. penguin feeding to submit a penguin name, with a suggested $5 donation to support penguin conservation. You will be helping to protect wild penguins and entered into a drawing to name one of our adorable penguin chicks!  We’ll announce the winning names each week leading to March of the Penguins.  We will name two female penguin chicks July 27. Members receive one free ticket per family with additional tickets available for a suggested donation of $5 on the day of the event. 

Please help us welcome these wonderful waddlers as they make their public debut in red-carpet style and stay as long as you’d like for the Penguin Party! 

Schedule of Events
  • 9:30 am Zoo opens early for Members and Guardians 
  • 10:00 am Zoo opens to the public 
  • 10:15 am Penguin March
  • 3:30 pm Penguin Keeper Talk