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Our energetic and inquisitive African penguins are visitor favorites.

Watch carefully and you might even see them communicating with each other. When penguins flap their wings or bow their heads, they're telling each other how they feel. Throwing their heads back and wings out means "I'm happy." Leaning forward and opening their beaks means "Go away."

Don't Miss

Join Us Feb. 27–28 at Cooking for Solutions On the Road

Visit beautiful Healdsburg, California, for a weekend of sustainable food and wine! There will be wine tasting and grazing at Jordan Vineyard & Winery on Saturday, and lunch and conversation at SHED on Sunday.

Welcome African Penguin Elizabeth to Our Exhibit!

Named after Port Elizabeth in South Africa, she's seven years old and came to us from the Knoxville Zoo. You can easily spot Elizabeth in the colony because of the orange wing band she's still sporting from Knoxville, which will soon be switched to our official black-with-white wing band.

Our Murre Chick Makes His Debut!

The young murre (Uria aalge) that hatched at the Aquarium on August 11 is now on exhibit with the seabirds in our Open Sea wing. After several months of learning how to be a murre behind the scenes with dad, this youngster is now making himself at home.

Share the Love with an Aquarium Gift Card

Give your friends and family an Aquarium experience they'll never forget! Our gift cards can be used for admission tickets, Aquarium Adventures tours and activities, membership, the Gift & Bookstore, Cindy's Waterfront restaurant and the Cafe. Gift cards are available for purchase at the Aquarium, or by calling (866) 963-9645 Monday through Friday.

View Our Splash Zone & Penguins Curriculum

Our standards-based curriculum has been developed to provide educators with easy-to-use, Aquarium-centered science activities for the classroom.