An experience not to be missed!
Go behind-the-scenes and form a special bond that comes from meeting a wild animal up close. You'll also be helping endangered animals in the wild with 10% of your encounter fee donated to the Hamilton Zoo Conservation Fund.
*As of Monday 9 Sept, our primate encounters are ON HOLD.
Did you know primates can catch the measles? With the recent cases of measles in Auckland and confirmed cases in Hamilton we have decided to delay our primate encounters until further notice. Thank you for your understanding and cooperation in helping to keep each other, and our animals, safe and healthy.
Encounter fee is
Per person. Spaces can only be purchased on the day.
First in, first served. Gift vouchers are also available.
Enter our rhino boma and meet these magnificent, massive animals up close. Find out about their lives at the Zoo and the issues they face in the wild from the keepers who care for them.
Join a keeper in the special savannah encounter area where you'll be introduced to our bachelor herd and have the opportunity to feed them.
The giraffe encounter is unavailable in wet weather.
Take a seat inside the lemur enclosure where they will join you and pluck grapes out of your hand!
A keeper from our primate team will tell you all about their lives at the Zoo and their species in the wild where they're critically endangered.
(Due to the current measles epidemic, to protect the health of our primates, our lemur encounters are currently on hold). Check back for updates early October.)
Macaws and Agouti
A unique experience with the Macaws and Agouti. A keeper will take you into the shared home in the Parrot Court where you'll meet the cheeky, curious agouti and the beautiful, intelligent macaws.