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, and the smell of their bushy tails (it’s a weirdly nice smell we promise!).
Red Panda Close Encounter detailsAge:
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: 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.
IMPORTANT - gift cards purchased before 1 February 2019 cannot be redeemed online. Please phone our Bookings team on 04 389 3692 for further assistance.