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Native animals in the spotlight this week

Zoo News - Posted 19 January 2015


The summer brings with it a host of amazing opportunities to get close to the incredible wild neighbours on your doorstep. Explore the miniature world of rockpools, watch the drama of garden birds fledge and grow up in your local park or simply sit back and enjoy our beautiful butterflies flitting around.

New Zealand has many beautiful places and native animals so special that share these places.  Hamilton Zoo is lucky to be able to showcase a few of New Zealand’s birds, reptiles and amphibians that you may not see in your backyard. From Saturday 17th through to Sunday 24th January we are shining the spot light on these cool critters.

If you are visiting the zoo this week join the special Weka Walk keeper talk at 11am. This is a short walking tour in the Weka Walk with a keeper you will learn a bit more about our Weka Walk natives including the North Island weka, kea, geckos and skinks.

For those who want a closer look in to the world of our native species we are offering Native Face2Face encounters. A keeper will take visitors behind the scenes in the reptile area to get up close with our geckos, skinks and will have the opportunity to meet Hendrix the tuatara.

The Native Face2Face is at 2pm:

  • Tuesday 20
  • Thursday 22
  • Saturday 24

Spaces are limited for each Face2Face so arrive early to secure your spot. Cost is $15 per person, with 10 per cent going to the Hamilton Zoo Conservation Fund.

Make it an adventure - leave the car at home and take the bus to Hamilton Zoo between January 17-25, and get a huge 25% off zoo admission. The Dinsdale bus heads out to Hamilton Zoo from the Hamilton Transport Centre (Bryce Street) regularly each day.

*Hamilton Zoo is open daily from 9am to 5pm (last entry 3.30pm). Normal Zoo admission prices apply if you do not travel on the bus. Excludes annual passes. 

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