Robert and Mayari Pritzker Penguin Cove

Robert and Mayari Pritzker Penguin Cove

Robert and Mayari Pritzker Penguin Cove’s design was inspired by Boulders Beach, a popular beach near Cape Town, South Africa, that is home to a colony of wild African penguins. The habitat features a pool, burrow-like nest boxes, and rocky outcrops that reflect the species’ native home.

Commitment to Care

Animals may not be visible at all times. To promote positive animal welfare, we provide animals with choices. They can choose to spend time in areas that are out of public view.

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African penguin in exhibit


African penguins engaging with enrichment during a Malott Family Penguin Encounter

Malott Family Penguin Encounters 

Experience the zoo from the inside with penguins waddling right at your feet! Get a personal introduction to some of the penguins while learning about their daily lives both at the zoo and on the southern African coast.

Program is currently unavailable. For more information, email

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Wildlife face many daunting challenges—some global, like planet-wide climate change, and some that affect individuals, like an animal ingesting plastic—but now is not the time to despair. None of these problems are too big for us to come together and solve.

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