Please note that Animal Encounters have been suspended until further notice. If you have any questions about an animal encounter you have booked, please contact [email protected].
Accompany an Aquarium interpreter to learn more about an endangered species: the African penguin. You’ll spend time exploring around their habitat, learning about the penguins who we have the opportunity to take care of. Then, go behind-the-scenes to see the fishy side of taking care of penguins. Finally, prepare yourself to take a close look at the animals as you participate in an enrichment training session. This experience is an exciting and educational trip that you will always remember.
Special Offer! 20% off Penguin Encounters in February - email [email protected] to book.
Enjoy a special presentation with the penguin team, complete with props and a visit to the marine mammal kitchen, while learning more about the Aquarium's conservation and animal care projects.
You’ll participate in a penguin enrichment training session alongside our Vancouver Aquarium trainers.
This is a unique opportunity to view the Vancouver Aquarium with our staff and observe these incredibly curious and adorable animals up close.
Get a glimpse into a day in the life of a trainer and how they interact with these unique animals. Throughout this entire adventure, you’ll also get an intimate look at what it means to take care of African penguins.
Call 604-659-3552 / 1-800-931-1186 or email [email protected] to book. Booking office is open Monday to Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. - closed weekends and holidays.
We want you to enjoy your behind-the-scenes experience. Please contact us if you have any questions or concerns. No concern is too small; the more information you can provide about yourself, the better prepared we can be for your experience.
Program requires participants to stand and kneel for extended periods of time, go up and down stairs, walk on wet and slippery surfaces and be above the water on an unstable dock. Closed-toed shoes are required. Please advise us of any special needs. Cameras are not permitted within the habitat for animal safety reasons.
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