An experience not to be missed!
Go behind-the-scenes with a Face2Face encounter and meet some of our animals!*
For only $15* per person form that special bond that comes from meeting a wild animal face to face and know that 10% of the encounter fee will help endangered animals in the wild through the Hamilton Zoo Conservation Fund.
* Normal Zoo entry charge still applies
** Maximum of 10 people per encounter per day
Tickets can only be purchased on the day and spaces are limited. There is heavy demand during the holiday period, so arrive early to secure a place. Daily encounters are subject to change without prior notice.
- 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 Face2Face encounter. In some circumstances you will be asked to dip your shoes in a disinfectant footbath upon leaving an animal enclosure and to wash your hands after contact with an animal.
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.