Inside Tracks: Penguin Feeding Experience

Have you ever wanted to step into a keeper's pair of boots and go inside our African penguin habitat? Now you can!
Prepare our African penguins' afternoon diet while learning the ins and outs of feeding, care, and overall management. Then, the keeper will pass the fish and you'll get the chance to help feed our African penguins.

Penguin Feeding
Penguin Feeding
Penguin Feeding

Encounter Info

Cost: $150 per person + general admission for each GSC non-member

Availability: Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays; 3:00 - 4:00pm (September 4 - February 14)
Additional holiday encounters may be available. Click the "book now" button for dates.
Please note: ticket sales close 48 hours prior to booking date.

Capacity: 1 participant

Minimum age: 16 years old

Age restrictions: All participants must be 16 or older and have the program liability waiver. Participants under 18 must have the program liability waiver signed by a parent/legal guardian.

Health and Safety: All participants are required to wear gloves for the duration of the program.

Advanced reservations are required.

Guidelines

  • Knee-high rubber boots will be provided to participants to maintain our birds' healthy environment.
  • Long pants are strongly suggested. (Our birds sometimes like to explore with their beaks!)
  • All encounters are subject to change due to animal medical procedures or other unforeseen circumstances.
  • Photography is allowed and encouraged, but no tripods or selfie sticks, please.

FAQs

We'll start in food prep to prepare the afternoon diet for our whole colony and learn more about our African penguins' routine here at the GSC. Then we'll step behind the scenes into our African penguin habitat, Penguin Point. Here you'll learn more about African penguins with one of our very knowledgeable keepers while you record the penguins' diet and then feed our penguins.

Please wear solid, closed-toe shoes (sneakers or boots, not athletic sandals) and long pants. The habitat is a comfortable 68 degrees, so no coat is required to meet these African penguins.
Our program begins in the food prep area, with a wide range of seafood. Our African penguins eat fish; please let staff know if they should be aware of any known fish or shellfish allergies.
Check in at the Information Desk, where you'll meet one of our African penguin keepers.
Advance tickets are required.
You'll meet our keeper at 3:00 and will go behind the scenes promptly after; because this is a feeding, there is no guarantee that a late person can be allowed behind the scenes. Tickets are non-refundable.
We want to be as accommodating as possible, so please let us know if you have any questions or concerns. Wheelchairs cannot navigate all of our planned stops, but we will work with you for alternatives. Contact us at jgouge@greensboroscience.org with questions.