Experience the thrill of an interactive Cheetah Encounter at Wellington Zoo. Find out what a cheetah smells like, how their fur feels and what they sound like when they purr. Go into our special intimate encounter space and meet Charlie the Cheetah. Our zoo keepers will tell you why these animals are endangered and what you can do to help them.
Learn all about our Cheetah Charlie and the role he plays as an ambassador for his species. This is a hands-on encounter under strict supervision from our expert staff.
Age: You must be at least 14 years old and 1.4 metres tall. If you are under 18, you’ll need to be accompanied by a paying adult.
Time: Please refer to the calendar below for available dates. Weekday cheetah encounters are at 2.30pm and weekends at 11.30am and 2.30pm.
Cost: $150 per person (GST incl.)
Participants: Minimum and maximum 2 people
Duration: 30 minutes
10% of proceeds from your Close Encounter go directly to local and international conservation projects supported by the Wellington Zoo Conservation Fund.
On-site function Cheetah Encounter
Enjoy a function or a special party your guests will never forget at the Zoo with a group cheetah encounter.
Available by arrangement
Due to the nature of working with wild animals, Wellington Zoo cannot guarantee that all animals and exhibits specified will be available. Bookings for all Close Encounters must be made in advance. Contact us for more information.