Cast your vote to name an African Penguin at the National Aviary!

This exciting contest runs from April 25 – May 20. Stop by Penguin Point at the National Aviary to vote via a cash donation, or earn penguin tokens (worth a penny each) when you attend special penguin activities. You can only vore in person at the National Aviary, so stop by soon! Which name will you choose?

  • Sphen: Short for Spheniscus demersus, the scientific name for African Penguins
  • Rocky: African Penguins are warm weather penguins that reside along the rocky coastline of South Africa.
  • Archie:  National Aviary is located at Arch Street in Pittsburgh’s Historic North Side neighborhood!

African Penguins are a critically endangered species. As an accredited member of the Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA), the National Aviary participates in an important international breeding program, called a Species Survival Plan®, aimed at keeping captive populations genetically diverse and sustainable. The National Aviary also supports and assists with programs to save wild African Penguins and is part of an AZA initiative called SAFE: Saving Animals from Extinction.

In honor of World Penguin Day the National Aviary is also seeking donations for their programs aimed at saving African Penguins from extinction. Money raised will go to support the National Aviary’s care of African Penguins. Donate below or at

Your support helps us soar!

You can help the National Aviary save this incredible species. Donate today to support the National Aviary’s African Penguin breeding program, educational and research work, and wild penguin conservation efforts.

Make a lasting impression in Penguin Point with our new Penguin Plaque program!

For a limited time only, you can make a donation to the National Aviary and receive a personalized brass plate in the Penguin Point exhibit. The Penguin Plaque program not only serves as a celebration of friends and family, but also provides building blocks for our future. Your brass plate engraving will make the National Aviary a better place for our birds, guests, and community!

Want to Meet a Penguin Up-Close?

The National Aviary provides a range of educational and fun opportunities to get nose-to-beak with African Penguins.

Penguin Point

The National Aviary is open daily from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. and visitors can see our African Penguin colony swim, splash, and sun themselves all day. Stop by Penguin Point at 1:00 p.m. and 4:00 p.m. for the Penguin Feeding program to learn more about the colony and see them eat!

Penguin Encounters

Offered daily at 11:00 a.m. and 2:30 p.m., participants will get to meet a member of the National Aviary’s penguin colony up-close, learn from a keeper the penguin’s personal story, learn more about how you can help save penguins, and take lots of photos! Advance registration highly recommended. Call 412-258-9445.

Penguin Painting

Offered once a month, you can watch the National Aviary’s penguin paint with their feet and take home a unique masterpiece! Guests will have an opportunity to choose colors for their painting and watch the artist at work. The next class is May 14! Advance registration highly recommended. Call 412-258-9445.

Watch the Penguins All Day Long!

Can’t get enough of our African Penguin colony? You can watch them daily in Penguin Point through our Penguin Cam!

NEW! Private Penguin Feeding

Offered Daily at 1:00pm or 4:00pm. Now you can get even closer to everyone’s favorite tuxedoed friends with a Private Penguin feeding! During this exciting experience, put on boots and hip-waders and enter the exhibit alongside one of the National Aviary’s aviculturists. You’ll learn from the expert how to hand-feed our African Penguins. Then, try feeding one of our penguins yourself! Penguins will waddle toward you and our staff for their tasty fish dinner.

Get to Know the Penguin


This male penguin came to the National Aviary from the Seneca Park Zoo in Rochester, New York. He is Maggie’s friend, who you voted to name last year!

He moved to Pittsburgh to help to save his species from extinction. He and Maggie are one of the shyer pairs in our colony. He often hangs back during feedings, but will catch fish that are tossed to him!