You’re invited to the homes of some of our animals to experience their lives at Hamilton Zoo.  As well as getting a unique insight into their personalities, their keeper will take you through:

Get your family, friends, colleagues or students together and experience what it's like to come eye to eye with a wild animal and the important role a modern zoo can play in conservation and preservation of species.

10% of your encounter fee goes to helping endangered animals in the wild through the Hamilton Zoo Conservation Fund.

Booking Enquiry

All Private Eye2Eye encounters are for groups of up to 10 people and are paid in one flat fee (i.e. no individual pricing). Normal zoo entry applies and a minium of 48 hours notice is required when booking.

Minimum fee is $75 (for a group of five people or less). Price for additional people, is $15 per person. Gift vouchers also available for eye2eye encounters. These can be purchased from reception.

Remember that these are wild animals, and their participation in encounters with humans on any given day is on their terms.

*Chimpanzee encounters are currently unavailable as humans and chimpanzees can share germs, baby Chiku (born Feb 15) needs to build up her immunity before we can allow close encounters.

**Tiger encounters are unavailable due to ongoing work at the tiger enclosure. 

  Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday Saturday Sunday
10:00am Cheetah            
11:30am       Lemurs Lemurs    
12:00pm   Rhino Rhino        
12:30pm           Siamangs Siamangs


Contact Details

Visit Details


You should receive confirmation of your booking (subject to availability) by email within 48 hours.


- All children 14 years and under must be accompanied by an adult.
- There must be one accompanying adult to every two children aged 3-6 years.
- There must be one accompanying adult to every three children aged 7-14 years.
- Children must be in the direct control of an adult at all times.
- Children under 3 years of age are not permitted to participate in animal encounters.
- All visitors must abide by the direction of the zookeeper.

We aim to keep you and the animals safe so please adhere to all keeper instructions while on your Eye2Eye encounter. In some circumstances you will be asked to dip your feet in a disinfectant footbath upon leaving an animal enclosure and to wash your hands after contact with an animal.