Beyster Family Little Blue Penguins

Beyster Family Little Blue Penguins — Opening Summer 2022

The biggest news in the history of Birch Aquarium at Scripps Institution of Oceanography at UC San Diego is little … Little Blue Penguins, that is! 

“Little Blue Penguins and other seabirds, are sentinel species for our ocean’s health and help us understand how we can be better stewards for our planet,” said Jenn Nero Moffatt, Senior Director of Animal Care, Science and Conservation. “We hope that one look at their awkward waddling, their pint-sized bodies, torpedo swimming and social nature will leave our guests enchanted, and wanting to learn how to aid in conservation efforts.”

Get ready to be immersed in the world of Little Blue Penguins, learning about some of the challenges facing these birds in the wild, and how our future is tied directly to theirs!

Penguin Giving Opportunities  Penguin Exhibit Naming Opportunities

About the New Habitat

Beyster Family Little Blue Penguins is named in honor of a $1 million gift from the Beyster Family, who are long-time supporters of Scripps Institution of Oceanography and Birch Aquarium.

In addition to the naming gift made by the Beyster Family, generous gifts have also been received by Julia R. Brown to name the life support system, Miranda Ko and Jared Cui to name one of the penguins, and a gift from an anonymous donor to name the amphitheater. These gifts also contribute to the Campaign for UC San Diego.

This 2,900-square-foot exhibit will include rocky and sandy shore habitat and an 18,000- gallon pool where guests will observe the penguins socializing, interacting, and nest building. The exhibit also includes a small amphitheater for guests to observe birds swimming, and a discovery cave to closely observe Little Blue Penguins on land and inside a nesting box!

Aerial View of Beyster Family Little Blue Penguins habitat

Media Kit

Please reach out to Beth Chee, Director of Marketing, at or 858-534-8555 to set up expert interviews. 

Press Release  Media Kit

Giving Opportunities

Contact Adeline Duke at (858) 822-5803 or to learn more about how you can help support our new habitat. 

Contact Adeline Duke Give Online Today

Construction Progress

Our Little Blue Penguin habitat opens Summer 2022, but follow the journey to opening along with us!

Construction Updates