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Penguin Waddle

Waddle, Stroll, March, Saunter, Jog...Move Any Way You Want To Help The Penguins

Calling all bird-loving people to join in our celebration of African Penguin Awareness Day. The penguin population is disappearing, and we need everyone’s help to ensure their survival.

The Florida Aquarium has joined forces with Two Oceans Aquarium Foundation, Georgia Aquarium and Zoos Victoria to support the Not on Our Watch Campaign focused on raising awareness of the importance of African penguins and their survival.

illustrated penguin with one flipper up and footprints behind it. Underneath the illustration it says penguin waddle in blue and October 14 2023 in balck

How can you help?

Traipse through Tampa!

Register to join our Penguin Waddle event on Saturday, October 14.

The Florida Aquarium’s Penguin Waddle is 0.2 mile walk along Channelside Drive that starts at the iconic Tampa sign at Sparkman Wharf and culminates at The Florida Aquarium.

Wave of Waddlers #1: Meet at 4:30pm for a 5:15pm start SOLD OUT
Wave of Waddlers #2: Meet at 5:30 for 6:15pm start Register #NOOW

Registered guests will gather at the iconic Tampa sign at Sparkman Wharf at their designated time and waddle the 0.2 mile along Channelside Drive to the finish line at The Florida Aquarium.

Both waves will converge outside the main entrance of the Aquarium for a block party in honor of our black-footed, feathered friends.

Our family-friendly, black and white block party runs until 7:30pm and with entertainment and refreshments, costume contests and Penguin ambassador meet and greets.

Awards to be presented for:

  • Best Dressed Penguin Waddler
  • Best Upcycled Penguin Costume

Need another reason to register today? The first 500 registrants will receive a commemorative T-shirt at the event.

More Ways to Help

Help us provide world-class animal care for our colony of African penguins and other critical conservation efforts for the species.

Symbolically Adopt a Penguin

Take home a plush of the South African Black-Footed penguin! Your newfound friend helps to support world-class animal care and conservation

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african penguin standing up and looking left. photo credit steve benjamin


We need YOUR help in the effort to save the African penguin from extinction. Help us raise awareness of the global impact of this matter by contacting the South African Ministry of Forestry & Fisheries via the link below.

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