Red Panda Close Encounter

Red Panda Close Encounter
NZD $139.00
  • Duration: 30 Minutes (approx.)
  • Product code: Red Panda (3089)

What’s your favourite fruit? Our Red Pandas aren’t shy to let you know what they want and they will clamber all over you to make sure they get it. 

Sitting down with a bowl of fruit and vegetables and waiting for our Red Pandas to come down from the trees and meet you is the start of what will be a very up close and personal Close Encounter. While they put their paws on your knees to grab another tasty treat, you’ll be able to admire their amazingly thick, red fur.

A Close Encounter at Wellington Zoo is more than just meeting an amazing animal close-up. You’re joined by an animal expert who works with the animals you are meeting. They will introduce you to your encounter animals and answer any of your questions about them, and about Red Pandas in the wild. They’ll also happily take a photo of you with a Red Panda in your lap, so don’t forget your camera! 

You’ll learn how your Close Encounter helps Wellington Zoo in our work to save Red Pandas in the wild.  10% of proceeds from all Close Encounters help us save animals in the wild through projects supported by the Wellington Zoo Conservation Fund.

You’ll never forget your Red Panda Close Encounter!

Red Panda Close Encounter details

Age: 6 years old and up. If you're between 6 and 13 years you'll need to have someone 14 years or over (booked and paid) with you on the close encounter.  

Time: 11.30am every day. Participants must arrive at
least 30 minutes ahead of their scheduled encounter time.

Cost: $149 per person including free Zoo entry.

10% discount for all Zoo Crew members. 

Participants: Maximum of 4 people per encounter. Enclosed shoes must be worn.

Requirements: Long pants and
enclosed shoes must be worn for the experience.

Duration: 30 minutes

Bookings: The Red Panda Close Encounter is very popular, so you will need to book your experience well advance. If you want to give someone else this amazing experience, you can buy a Gift Card which the lucky recipient can redeem when they make their booking. If your first choice Close Encounter isn't available, click here to check the availability of our other experiences.

Terms and Conditions: Full terms and conditions for this experience are available on the booking page.