SAN DIEGO, CA – The 25 African penguin residents of the Dan and Vi McKinney Penguin Habitat at the San Diego Zoo are starting their Memorial Day weekend festivities early by doing what penguins do best—swimming. The endangered birds, along with schools of sardines that share their habitat, zipped to and fro through the salty waters of a vast 275,000-gallon pool before eating breakfast and relaxing on the rocky beach.

Guests can visit the Africa Rocks penguins and other amazing wildlife during Nighttime Zoo—an annual after-dark extravaganza where families explore the Zoo at night and enjoy a host of family friendly entertainment, live toe-tapping music and extraordinary summer treats, while learning more about wildlife from an unusual nighttime perspective. Nighttime Zoo runs May 26 through Sept. 4, with special activities scheduled daily from 4 to 9 p.m. (except June 17, when the Zoo closes at 5 p.m. for a special event). Nighttime Zoo activities and attractions are free with Zoo admission or membership. With every visit, guests become allies for wildlife—helping to support San Diego Zoo Wildlife Alliance’s mission to save wildlife worldwide and help create a world where all life thrives. For more information about Nighttime Zoo, visit

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