Penguin Interaction Program

Have an unforgettable time by meeting the penguins up-close and personal. Come see, touch and interact with these tenderhearted birds. Your interaction includes approximately 15 minutes with a zookeeper. 

Program Dates

  • May 27 - September 5
  • Thursday - Sunday
  • 11 - 11:30 a.m.


The fees are in addition to zoo admission costs and help support conservation of African penguins in the wild. TPZS membership can be used for admission fee but not for PIP.
  • Adult (age 13+): $30 
  • Child (age 4-12): $20


To schedule your Penguin Interaction call (208) 612-8420 after May 1.
You must schedule your visit at least a week in advance. 

What to Expect

- Please wear close-toed shoes
- Avoid shiny clothing and jewelry
- All children under 13 must be accompanied by an adult. 
- Children 8 and under must be accompanied by an adult on a 1:1 ratio. 
--Due to the nature of penguins, it's highly discouraged for children under 4 to participate.
--We are unable to accommodate strollers on the interaction pavilion.