Penguin Encounter Press Release

Penguin Encounter Press Release

7/1/2016 1:12:00 PM



The Penguin Encounter® is a favorite attraction among SeaWorld® San Diego’s guests. Visitors to the Penguin Encounter enjoy close-up views of these gregarious birds as they eat, waddle, play and raise their young.

The enclosure is home to more than 300 penguins representing five Antarctic and sub-Antarctic species including emperor, king, gentoo, macaroni and Adélie. The penguins swim and waddle in the 24-degree, snow-filled encounter. Magellanic penguins, a warm-weather species native to Chile and Argentina, frolic outside. The Penguin Encounter is also home to a lively group of arctic birds; puffins, auklets and murres belong to a group of birds called alcids.

Environment, light and water are all essential to the health and maintenance of these birds. Providing a frosty environment for penguins is essential. Each day aviculturists blow 4,000 pounds of fresh snow into the exhibit. 

Light plays a vital role in the Penguin Encounter. The Southern Hemisphere or austral light cycle is closely linked to penguins’ breeding cycles. This allows the aviculturists to mimic the sun patterns of the Antarctic.

Filtered seawater also is basic to a penguin’s health. The frigid 22- to 26-degree air is filtered, protecting the penguins from airborne infections. Penguins receive medical checkups on a daily basis.

SeaWorld San Diego is world-renowned for its successful penguin-breeding program.  Since 1980, nearly 1,000 penguin chicks have been hatched and raised at the marine park, including the first-ever chinstrap and emperor penguins. Emperors are the largest penguins, reaching up to 3½ feet high and weighing up to 90 pounds. SeaWorld San Diego has the Western Hemisphere’s only successful emperor penguin breeding colony outside the Antarctic. 

SeaWorld is open year-round including holidays. Admission is $89.99 for ages 10 and older; $83.99 for ages 3–9; free for under 3. Parking is $17; $12 for motorcycles; $22 for RVs and Up-Close. Park hours vary by season.  Visit or call (800) 257-4268 for hours and information.

About SeaWorld Entertainment, Inc.

SeaWorld Entertainment, Inc. (NYSE: SEAS) is a leading theme park and entertainment company delivering personal, interactive and educational experiences that blend imagination with nature and enable its customers to celebrate, connect with and care for the natural world we share. The Company owns or licenses a portfolio of globally recognized brands including SeaWorld®, Shamu® and Busch Gardens®. Over its more than 50-year history, the Company has built a diversified portfolio of 11 destination and regional theme parks that are grouped in key markets across the United States, many of which showcase its one-of-a-kind zoological collection of approximately 89,000 marine and terrestrial animals. The Company’s theme parks feature a diverse array of rides, shows and other attractions with broad demographic appeal which deliver memorable experiences and a strong value proposition for its guests.

SeaWorld Entertainment, Inc. is one of the world’s foremost zoological organizations and a global leader in animal welfare, training, husbandry and veterinary care. The Company collectively cares for what it believes is one of the largest zoological collections in the world and has helped lead advances in the care of animals. The Company also rescues and rehabilitates marine and terrestrial animals that are ill, injured, orphaned or abandoned, with the goal of returning them to the wild. The SeaWorld rescue team has helped more than 28,000 animals in need over the last 50 years.

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Updated:  July 2016