Take a peek behind the scenes – and say hello to our little friends!

Macaroni Penguin - Polk Penguin Conservation Center

Mingle with the Macaronis are now booking for 2024.

Want to know how penguins stay warm, eat and play while living in their icy-cold habitat? Get up close and personal with them at the Detroit Zoo! Under the guidance and supervision of a zookeeper, you will be able to interact with these charming birds. Your visit will last approximately two hours and include a behind-the-scenes tour of the Polk Penguin Conservation Center. Many photo opportunities will be available as you meet and hand-feed some of the gentoo, rockhopper and macaroni penguins that reside at the Zoo. View frequently asked questions here.

    • Mingles are conducted from 1 to 3p.m. Tuesdays, Thursdays and Sundays
    • Mingles cannot be scheduled during breeding season (March – June) or Molting Season (August – September)
    • Groups limited to six participants
    • Children must be 7 or older and accompanied by an adult
    • Please dress accordingly; the penguin habitat is kept at 42 degrees Fahrenheit. Please wear socks and closed-toed shoes. We will provide boots and protective gear.
    • Due to Avian Influenza concerns, we ask that you are not around any commercial or backyard poultry within seven days of your experience date.
    • If you own or care for birds, please wear clothing that has not had any contact with them.
  • Reservations must be made three weeks in advance and are non-refundable
  • Cost is $1,000 per group
  • If you would like to book your mingle contact us.