African Penguin Point

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The Endangered African penguin hails exclusively from the warm waters of coastal Southern Africa. One of the species’ largest wild colonies is at Boulders Beach, near Simon’s Town—a unique enclave where decades of conservation measures have made it possible for humans and wildlife to share resources. Pinnacol African Penguin Point takes inspiration from the Simon’s Town success story as well as its distinctive rocky inlets and sandy shores.

Our penguins’ new home features a 10,000-gallon swimming pool ringed by golden beaches—with realistic heated rockwork, cozy burrows and comfy nesting boxes. It’s all designed to encourage natural behaviors like diving, swimming, sunbathing and breeding…while giving YOU a unique window into our waddle’s world! Younger guests will enjoy the wavemaker, and everyone will enjoy watching the flock’s underwater antics through nearly 40 feet of clear acrylic windows.

Your Visit Supports Penguin Conservation

As the caretakers of a flock of Endangered African penguins, Denver Zoo is naturally passionate about penguin conservation. Every year, we send our penguin experts to Cape Town, where the Southern African Foundation for the Conservation of Coastal Birds (SANCCOB) works to rehabilitate and release penguin chicks. To date, this partnership has led to the release of nearly 6,000 healthy chicks! When you visit Denver Zoo, your ticket supports the penguins here on campus—and their wild counterparts, too!

We invite you to learn more about our enchanting waddle, and how the choices
you make every day can help create a brighter future for wildlife.


African Penguin


• Over 30 feet of underwater viewing

• Rocky cliffs for diving, nesting and sunbathing

• 10,000-gallon pool