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A Guide to Penguin Zoo Adventures at Tanganyika

Did you know penguins are native to several regions, including the Galapagos Islands, Antarctica, and South Africa? If you live in the US, swimming with penguins can be quite a travel distance. Well, now’s your chance to get an opportunity like this close to home. Tanganyika Wildlife Park is one the few zoos in Kansas that offers some of the most incredible, one-on-one penguin experiences available in the United States. Tanganyika Wildlife Park is one of the few places you can swim with penguins. In this article, you’ll learn about all the different types of experiences Tanganyika offers with these magnificent creatures. 

A Deep Dive Into Tanganyika’s Penguin Experience

Are you ready to have the most phenomenal penguin experience Tanganyika offers? In this blog, we’ll explain all the fantastic features of our penguin zoo and Tanganyika’s conservation efforts to help endangered penguins. The penguin experience includes feeding, touching, and swimming with these beautiful creatures. Here’s what each activity entails during your penguin experience:

Penguin Feedings:

Meet and greet our amazing little friends during lunchtime. Have a fantastic one-on-one penguin experience by feeding them some fish. Our penguin feedings are located in our penguin Troublemaker’s Cove. For more details and pricing, click here. Each guest receives two fish to feed our penguins across a short fence. Feel free to take a sweet selfie while you’re at it. Seeing our excited penguins when receiving a yummy treat will make your day.

Penguin Meet and Greet:

Get ready to meet our sweet penguin pals and have a laugh. If you’re not a big fan of swimming or have a little one under the age of 8 who loves penguins, this would be the perfect activity. Our meet-and-greet experiences are approximately 30 minutes long. You will be in a group of 10 people (anyone under 16 must be accompanied by a paying adult).

We recommend wearing closed-toed shoes. We wouldn’t want our penguins confusing your toes for fish. Also, feel free to bring a camera. Our meet-and-greets also feature excellent Tanganyika trainers to guide you and fill you in on all you need to know about these majestic creatures, so make sure you think of some questions to ask our trainers. In Tanganyika’s penguin experience, you also get to participate in some fun play sessions.

As much as our penguins will have you laughing out of your seats, we ask our guests to remain seated during the experience. This penguin experience will bring you and your family the most memorable and joyful memories. For more details and pricing, click here.

Penguin Swimming:

Are you ready to have the most unique penguin experience that is only offered here in the US? Our penguin swimming experience is approximately 30 minutes. For more details and pricing, click here. You can have up to 6 guests maximum. There is no need to bring a swimsuit; we provide a wetsuit, towel, and water shoes. This experience is perfect for anyone ages eight and up(if you’re 48”, you must be able to swim/tread water without a floatation device). 

Our penguin swimming experience is known to be “amazing” and “indescribable.” Just ask our guests. Our excellent trainers will answer any questions you might have during the experience. If your party has paid admission and doesn’t feel like swimming, they can watch(no reason to miss out on the fun). This also includes touching penguins under the guidance of a trainer. Sometimes, our fun little friends like to float in your hand while swimming. 

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A Guide to Penguin Zoo Adventures at Tanganyika

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Here is what guests have to say about their penguin zoo experience:

My wife and drove 20 hours from upstate New York for an ultimate weekend and it was definitely Worth it. The staff was friendly, knowledge, and clearly love and care for the animals. The experiences are one of kind (swimming with penguins, meet and greets with many different animals, there is nothing you won’t see)! We especially loved our penguin swim and our origins tour. Special thanks to all the members of the encounter team (Sydney made us feel at home, her enthusiasm is infectious and she clearly loved to share history on the park and animals, Stacey and Kiana were friendly and super knowledgeable, Erinn kept us laughing while sharing knowledge, and Sam, Kim, and Sierra were very friendly and knowledgeable).

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Tanganyika zoo is a delightful escape filled with fun moments! From the playful splashes in the penguin pool to the charming antics of the otters, every experience feels like a special treat. The opportunity to engage with a sloth is an unexpected and wonderful surprise. The dedication to animal well-being is evident, and the staff? Top-notch and super friendly. A perfect blend of entertainment and education. Highly recommended for a joyous day out!

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Age restrictions apply: contact us here for more information about our penguin experience.

Penguins Near Me: Understanding Tanganyika’s Conservation Efforts

How Tanganyika helps with conservation

If you’re a penguin lover wanting a unique penguin experience and you live in Kansas or even just within the US, you’re probably wondering if there are penguins near me. Here at Tanganyika Wildlife Park, we have an amazing colony of 30 African Penguins. These penguins come from the southwestern coast of Africa from Namibia to Port Elizabeth. 

Our conservation efforts in our penguin zoo are crucial due to the high rate of endangered penguins. Climate change, habitat degradation, oil spills, and prey shortages from overfishing are all primary factors in the endangerment of these species. Tanganyika donates to a marine wildlife conservation trust known as Dyer Island. Our donations support their research, discovery, and observation efforts and provide essential resources. 

The Impact Tanganyika’s breeding program has made on conservation

We also have an extraordinary breeding program. Our breeding program has made a significant impact on penguin conservation. It has helped increase the penguin population’s success rate. At Tanganyika, we aim to educate our guests about the ecosystem’s effects on endangered penguins. Since 2007, Tanganyika has had 91 penguins hatch.

Ways on how you can donate to Tanganyika Wildlife Park

Hand in hand we conquer, if you’d like to donate to Tanganyika Wildlife Park to help with penguin conservation you can stay up to date on any future events or fundraisers. For example in 2022 Tanganyika held a Penguin Weekend fundraiser which included family fun activities, penguin encounters and “take home” activity kits. This fundraiser helped raise donations for a conservation trust known as Dyer Island. All the proceeds that were donated helped with supplying the resources Dyer Island needed to help with penguin conservation and it helped 51 penguins in South Africa with food shortage caused by overfishing.  

Book Your Penguin Zoo Experience at Tanganyika

Who said learning couldn’t be fun? Not only are you witnessing them up close, but you also get to dive deep into all the incredible facts and learn more about our penguin zoo. Tanganyika offers three incredible passes, so whether you’re booking a penguin experience for your family or simply treating yourself, you’re guaranteed a wild adventure. 

We offer a Single Day Pass, Single Day Pass Plus Ultimate Feedings, or the Best Day Bundle. The penguin experience can be used with any of these passes, and if you have the Best Day Bundle, you can pick two different penguin experiences.

For those who don’t live in Kansas and want to visit our penguin zoo, check out our website for more information on how to plan your visit. You can even book an ultimate animal adventure weekend with your whole family, including a penguin meet and greet. Whether you’re flying or driving and curious about the travel distance from your location, we’ve got you covered.

Here’s a layout of drivable cities near Tanganyika and direct flights:

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When you come to visit the penguins here are your options for admission.

Single Day Pass

  • Park Admission
  • 5 Animal Feedings
  • Splash Park Access
  • Jungle Gym Access
  • Parking Included
  • Scheduled Daily Demos(Training, nutrition, etc.)

Single Day Pass Plus Ultimate Feedings

  • Park Admission
  • Unlimited Animal Feedings
  • Splash Park Access
  • Jungle Gym Access
  • Parking Included
  • Scheduled Daily Demos(Training, Nutrition,etc.)
  • Free early entry
  • No Feeding Reservations Required
  • Cup of Llama/Goat Food
  • Rainchecks
  • Happy Hour at Bar (2-4 PM)
  • Souvenir Cup

Best Day Bundle

  • Park Admission
  • Unlimited Animal Feedings
  • Splash Park Access
  • Jungle Gym Access
  • Parking Included
  • Scheduled Daily Demos(Training, Nutrition,etc.)
  • Free early entry
  • No Feeding Reservations Required
  • Cup of Llama/Goat Food
  • Rainchecks
  • Happy Hour at Bar (2-4 PM)
  • Souvenir Cup
  • Animal Trading Badge
  • Two Animal Experiences

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