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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 two male Black and White Ruffed Lemurs will come down to your seat in their habitat and pluck grapes out of your hand while you get to feel 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 Partners in Conservation Fund.

You’ll never forget your Lemur Close Encounter, and the feeling of that soft fur. 

Wellington Zoo is home to two species of Lemur. This Close Encounter lets you get up close to our two male Black and White Ruffed Lemurs, Kamory and Ankari. 


Lemur 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: 3.15pm every day. Participants must arrive at least 30 minutes ahead of their scheduled Encounter time.

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.

Accessibility: This encounter is not Wheelchair accessible. 

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


  • Duration : 30 Minutes (approx.)
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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 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 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 Partners in 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. Participants must arrive at least 30 minutes ahead of their scheduled encounter time.

Cost: $99 per person including free Zoo entry.

10% discount for all Zoo Crew members. 

Participants: Maximum of 4 people per encounter. 

Requirements: Long pants and enclosed shoes must be worn for the experience. We also recommend you wear a sunhat as there is no shade available during the experience.

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.

Accessibility: Please talk to us
about wheelchair accessibility before confirming your booking.

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

  • Duration : 30 Minutes (approx.)
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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 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
Partners in 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.

Accessibility: This encounter is not Wheelchair accessible. 

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

  • Duration : 30 Minutes (approx.)
From NZD $149.00

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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
Partners in Conservation Fund.

Capybara 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: 1.00pm every day. Participants must arrive at least 30 minutes ahead of their scheduled encounter time.

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.

Accessibility: This encounter is not Wheelchair accessible. 

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

  • Duration : 30 Minutes (approx.)
From NZD $99.00

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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 and what it takes to care for them. 

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 take you behind the scenes, showing you around the different areas of our Giraffe house so you can see how we care for our Giraffes and other animals in the Savannah habitat. You will be able to ask any questions you have about our Giraffes and their counterparts 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
Partners in 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: 3.00pm Mondays to Thursdays. Participants must arrive at least 30 minutes ahead of their scheduled encounter time.

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.

Accessibility: This encounter is not Wheelchair accessible. 

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

  • Duration : 30 Minutes (approx.)
From NZD $99.00

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Sun Bear Close Encounter

Sun Bear Close Encounter

Sun Bear Close Encounter

Sun Bear Close Encounter

Do you know how intelligent a Sun Bear is? Meet clever Sasa the Sun Bear and the team who care for her in this unique Close Encounter!

You will be taken into our Sun Bear den to get an up
close look at how we take care of Sasa. Learn how Sasa works with our Zoo Keepers during her daily health checks and see for yourself just how loooong a Sun Bear’s tongue is! Get an up close view of her distinctive sun markings and see how she uses her sharp claws to explore an enrichment item. You will even be able to feed Sasa some of her diet!

For everyone’s safety our Zoo Keepers have protected contact with Sasa, which means that they don’t work with her in a hands-on manner.

You’ll learn how your experience helps Wellington Zoo to save Sun Bears and the wild places they come from. 10% of proceeds from all Animal Experiences help us save wildlife and wild places through the Wellington Zoo Partners in Conservation Fund. One of the projects supported is Free the Bears, who work to save Sun Bears in South East Asia.

You’ll never forget your Sun Bear Close Encounter experience, and the privilege of getting close to such a rare and beautiful animal. 

 

Sun Bear Close Encounter Details:

Age: 14 years old and up. Anyone aged 14 – 17 will need to be accompanied by a paying and participating adult on the experience

Time: 12:30pm Mondays, Thursdays, Fridays and Sundays. Participants must arrive at least 30 minutes ahead of their scheduled encounter time.

Cost: $99 per person including free Zoo entry

Participants: Maximum of 2 people per experience.

Duration: 30 minutes

Please note that participants will not have physical contact with Sasa.


If you want to give someone else this amazing experience, you can buy a Gift Voucher which the lucky recipient can redeem when they make their booking.

Accessibility: This encounter is not Wheelchair accessible. 

Terms and Conditions: Full terms and conditions for this experience are available on the booking page. This Close Encounter is not wheelchair accessible.

  • Duration : 30 Minutes (approx.)
From NZD $99.00

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Minibeasts Close Encounter

Minibeasts Close Encounter

Minibeasts Close Encounter

Invisibility! Regeneration! Super strength and size! Invertebrates are the superheroes of the animal world.  You can learn all about their amazing powers at our Minibeasts Close Encounter Experience at Wellington Zoo.


Go behind the scenes at our invertebrate house, Hero HQ and an expert Zoo Keeper will introduce you to some of nature's most marvellous, and misunderstood
animals.  As you are guided around the space you'll be able to see amazing creatures up close including Scorpions, Goliath Stick Insects and Millipedes. Have you ever wondered how we do a health check on a Tarantula?


Hear all about their super powers and why they're so important to their ecosystem.  You'll never look at these important little guys the same way again!


You'll also learn how your  Close Encounter Experience helps Wellington Zoo in our conservation work.  10% of proceeds from all animal experiences help us save wildlife and wild places through projects supported by the Wellington Zoo Partners in Conservation Fund.


"I couldn’t rate this highly enough. The zoo keeper knows his stuff and is super passionate about what he does which only elevated the experience for me. Really informative and definitely worth while." - James 

"It was an amazing experience and one I would highly recommend to any lover of creatures that have more than 4 legs. [Dave's] knowledge and passion for the animals in your care made the experience extremely enjoyable, fascinating, and educational." - Cat


Minibeasts Close Encounter Experience Details:

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

Time: 2:45pm Friday, Saturdays and Sundays. Participants must arrive at least 30 minutes ahead of their scheduled encounter time.

Cost: $99.00 per person, including free Zoo entry.

10% discount for all Zoo Crew Members.

Participants: Maximum of 4 people per experience.  Enclosed footwear must be worn.

Duration: 30 minutes.

Please note our Hero HQ facility is designed to provide the best environment for the animals, which means it is quite hot and humid. Please make sure you will be able to enjoy the experience in these conditions - contact us if you have any concerns.  There will be space to leave bags and coats before entering the facility.

Please note that participants will not have physical contact with any live animals on this experience.

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.

Accessibility: This encounter is not Wheelchair accessible. 

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

  • Duration : 30 Minutes (approx.)
From NZD $99.00

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Tiger Close Encounter

Tiger Close Encounter

Tiger Close Encounter

Tiger Close Encounter

NEW EXPERIENCE – BOOKINGS OPEN NOW.

Want to get up close and personal with one of the most powerful predators on the planet? Join one of our Sumatran Tigers, Bashii or Senja, for our newest, unforgettable Close Encounter!

Your Encounter will be with one Tiger - through a gate, well away from other visitors. You’ll see how our keepers care for these amazing big cats… get an up-close view of their striking fur, deadly paws, and mesmerising eyes - and make a friend by feeding them some of their daily diet!                                   
         

All tiger contact is ‘hands off’ - even for our Zookeepers - so there’s no pats or cuddles. But you will get closer than most people ever have (and live to tell the tale!).                 

You’ll also learn how your experience helps Wellington Zoo support Tigers in the wild. With as little as 500 wild Sumatran Tigers remaining, 10% of proceeds from all Animal Experiences go to worldwide conservation projects such as WildCats Conservation Alliance - supporting wild Tiger and Amur Leopard populations around the world.
                                                                

So, book your Tiger Close Encounter - and truly, experience incredible.

 

Tiger Close Encounter Details:

Age: 14 years old and up. Anyone aged 14 – 17 will need to be accompanied by a paying and participating adult on the experience.

Time: 2.45pm Tue, Wed, Sat

Cost: $129 per person including free Zoo entry.

Participants: Maximum of 4 people per experience.

Duration: 30 minutes.

Please note that participants will not have physical contact with Bashii or Senja.

If you want to give someone else this amazing experience, you can buy a Gift Voucher which the lucky recipient can redeem when they make their booking.

Accessibility: This encounter is not Wheelchair accessible. 

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

  • Duration : 30 Minutes (approx.)
From NZD $129.00

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Lion Close Encounter

Lion Close Encounter

Lion Close Encounter

There’s no better way to really experience the power and strength of a Lion than by being close enough to smell their breath and see the real size of their teeth and claws (behind a mesh screen)! You may even get the chance to feed them. You’re never likely to get this close to a Lion again – so don’t forget your camera! 



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’ll show you how we work with our Lions to make sure they’re well cared for and 
happy, and they’ll answer all of your questions about Lions.


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


You’ll never forget your Lion Close Encounter, and the privilege of getting close to these beautiful cats.  


Lion 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:  Wednesdays and Saturdays at 12.15pm 

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. If your first choice Close Encounter isn't
available, Click Here to check availability of our other experiences. 




  • Duration : 30 Minutes (approx.)
From NZD $129.00

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