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Cheetah Close Encounter

Cheetah Close Encounter

Cheetah Close Encounter

Wow, you might think you have heard a cat purr before but you’ve never heard anything like the huge rumbles that our Cheetahs give off.

As soon as you step into our intimate Cheetah encounter space, you know you’re in for a special moment. When Canjo and Kunjuka come strolling towards you, you’ll really feel the excitement of being one on one with one of the world’s most iconic big cats. Hear their astounding happy purr while they’re lounging around on a Close Encounter. A Close Encounter at Wellington Zoo is more than just meeting an amazing animal close-up. You’re joined by a Zoo Keeper who works with the animals you are meeting. They will introduce you to your encounter animals and let you know how we take care of these amazing animals at Wellington Zoo and answer any of your questions about Cheetahs in the wild. They’ll also happily take a photo of you sitting with a Cheetah purring at your feet, so don’t forget your camera! 

You’ll learn how your Close Encounter helps Wellington Zoo to save Cheetah 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 Cheetah Close Encounter, and the privilege of getting close to these beautiful cats. 

Cheetah Close Encounter details

Age: 14 years old and up. If you're between 14 and 17 years you'll need to have someone 18 years or over (booked and paid) with you on the close encounter.  

Time: 2.30pm every day.

Cost: $159 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.

Duration: 30 minutes

Bookings: Please book in 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.

From NZD $159.00

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Giraffe Close Encounter

Giraffe Close Encounter

Giraffe Close Encounter

You think that a Giraffe has a long neck? Wait until you see its tongue extending out of its mouth all the way to get a tasty treat! Getting up close to one of our Giraffes at Wellington Zoo at a Close Encounter means getting a real feel for just how huge these majestic animals are. You’ll go behind the scenes with our Zoo Keeper and experience how we care for our Giraffes.  

A Close Encounter at Wellington Zoo is more than just meeting an amazing animal close-up. You’re joined by a Zoo Keeper 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 Giraffes in the wild. They’ll also happily take a photo of you looking tiny right next to a Giraffe, so don’t forget your camera! 

You’ll learn how your Close Encounter helps Wellington Zoo in our work to save Giraffes 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 Giraffe Close Encounter, and the feeling of being dwarfed by a towering Giraffe right next to you. 

Giraffe 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: 3.30pm Fridays to Mondays.  .

Cost: $99 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.

Duration: 30 minutes

Bookings: Please book in 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.

From NZD $99.00

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Lemur Close Encounter

Lemur Close Encounter

Lemur Close Encounter

The chance to sink your fingers into the softest fur at Wellington Zoo makes our Lemur Close Encounter special. Our father and son Black and White Ruffed Lemurs will come down to your seat in their enclosure and pluck grapes out of your hand while you get to pat their stunning black and white coats. You might also get a show of the enormous noise that comes out of such a quiet looking animal. 

A Close Encounter at Wellington Zoo is more than just meeting an amazing animal close-up. You’re joined by a Zoo Keeper 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 Lemurs in the wild and why they’re critically endangered. They’ll also happily take a photo of you with a Lemur sitting right next to you, so don’t forget your camera! 

You’ll learn how your Close Encounter helps Wellington Zoo in our work to save Black and White Ruffed Lemurs 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 Lemur Close Encounter, and the feeling of that soft fur. 

Lemur Close Encounter details

Age: 4 years old and up. If you're between 4 and 13 years you'll need to have someone 14 years or over (booked and paid) with you on the close encounter.  

Time: 3.15pm every day. 

Cost: $99 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.

Duration: 30 minutes

Bookings: Please book in 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.

From NZD $99.00

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Meerkat Close Encounter

Meerkat Close Encounter

Meerkat Close Encounter

Our Meerkats are no shy wall flowers and they’ll be happy to welcome you to their home while they get fed some special treats. 

A Close Encounter at Wellington Zoo is more than just meeting an amazing animal close-up. You’re joined by a Zoo Keeper 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 Meerkats in the wild. They’ll also happily take a photo of you with the Meerkats, so don’t forget your camera! 

You’ll learn how your Close Encounter helps Wellington Zoo in our work to save animals 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 Meerkat Close Encounter. 

Meerkat Close Encounter details

Age: 6 years old and up. Anyone under 14 will need to be accompanied by a paying and participating adult on the Close Encounter.    

Time: 1.00pm and 4.00pm every day

Cost: $99 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.       

Duration: 30 minutes

Bookings: Please book in 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.

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Red Panda Close Encounter

Red Panda Close Encounter

Red Panda Close Encounter

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 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 grape or a piece of banana 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 a Zoo Keeper 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  

Cost: $129 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.

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.

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Capybara Close Encounter

Capybara Close Encounter

Capybara Close Encounter

The Capybara is the world’s largest rodent and they share similar features with rats, mice and guinea pigs, such as their ever-growing front teeth. One of their notable features is their partially webbed feet making the Capybara excellent swimmers!

Capybaras are herbivores, eating mostly grass, water plants and vegetables, as well as fruit and tree bark. They are also a herd species, which means they are a very social animal.

A Close Encounter at Wellington Zoo is more than just meeting an amazing animal close-up. You’re joined by a Zoo Keeper 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 Capybaras in the wild and why they’re important. They’ll also happily take a photo of you inside the Capybara Habitat, so don’t forget your camera!

10% from every Capybara Close Encounter goes directly to the Wellington Zoo Conservation Fund – so when you book, you’re personally helping us to save animals in the wild through projects supported by the Wellington Zoo Conservation Fund.

Capybara Close Encounter details

Age: 5 years old and up. If you're between 5 and 13 years you'll need to have someone 14 years or over (booked and paid) with you on the Close Encounter.  

Time: 1.00pm every day 

Cost: $99 per person including Zoo entry.

10% discount for all Zoo Crew members. 

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

Duration: 30 minutes

Bookings: Please book in 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.

From NZD $99.00

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