Primate encounters ON HOLD


calendar iconPosted 13 September 2019

Our 55 primates are an important part of our animal collection, and are popular with many of our visitors.

We want our primates to have long healthy and enjoyable lives.

Like humans, primates such as chimpanzees (including adolescent Chiku, pictured) lemurs, siamang, cotton-top tamarins and spider monkeys can get measles.

With the recent cases of measles confirmed in Auckland, and in Hamilton, Hamilton Zoo is following the lead of other zoos around New Zealand and putting precautionary measures in place for the well-being of our animals, staff and visitors.

To protects our primates from the risk of measles, we’re not offering Face2Face or exclusive primate encounters at present. This will be reassessed at the end of September.

If you’ve booked a lemur or siamang Face2Face exclusive encounter for September, you’ll be contacted by one of our team – and if you’re booked from October onwards, we’ll get in touch if we need to.

We appreciate this may cause some disappointment, and we thank you for your understanding.

If you have had measles, or belief you may have been exposed to the virus, please delay your visit to Hamilton Zoo.

If you’d like more information about measles, please visit the Waikato District Health Board website.