Penguin Selfie

The Long Island Aquarium is implementing measures to protect our penguins from highly pathogenic avian influenza (HPAI), which has been found on Long Island, in close proximity of our aquarium.  HPAl is a disease carried by birds, most often migratory waterfowl, and can be fatal to some species. The virus does not spread easily from animals to humans. Because of the close proximity of this outbreak  to our location, our veterinarian has required that we keep our endangered African Penguins behind-the-scenes in our indoor holding area.  We’ll continue to monitor the situation with state and local officials closely.

In response to the deadly Avian Flu, we are working under the direction of and in coordination with state and federal agencies and our head veterinarian to ensure the safety of our colony.

These are the enhanced safety protocols we are following:

  • Participants must acknowledge that they have not handled or interacted with wild or domestic birds within 12 hours of their program.
  • Participants must refrain from wearing clothing or footwear that has been worn around other avian species while attending penguin programs.
  • You will be instructed to wash your hands or use hand sanitizer prior to the encounter.
  • Participants will use a disinfecting shoe bath before entering the penguin encounter area.
  • Participants will wear aquarium-provided shoe coverings for the duration of the encounter.
  • This is a no contact encounter, there will be no touching or petting the penguin during the program.


You know you love them, now have a souvenir photo taken with one of our African Penguins! Penguin Selfies is a great opportunity for those who are too young for our Penguin Encounter program, or if you just want a quick visit and photo with one of our favorite feathered friends. Makes a great holiday or milestone photo!

· Maximum of three guests per photo
· Children under 5 MUST be accompanied by an adult
· This is a “Hands Off” experience, you will not be permitted to touch the penguin
· No personal photos permitted

Available daily at 1:15pm

$22 Emailed photo (up to 3 people per photo)

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You will receive your photo via email within 24 hours.  If after 24 hours you haven’t received your photo, please email us at and let us know…we’re happy to resend it!

Limited availability.  All prices plus tax.

Please note that due to the nature of this activity, and the behavior/ personalities of individual penguins, selfies are not guaranteed. Should we fail to satisfactorily afford you this unique opportunity, you will receive a full refund. Those age 5 & older can be photographed by themselves; under 5 must be accompanied by adult. Up to 3 people per turn.

We follow all NY State and CDC requirements with regards to Covid 19 and mask mandates. Click HERE for details.

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