Hand feed a red panda and get up close to the cutest animals in the Zoo and their keepers. Sit inside their enclosure as the pandas approach you, put their paws on your knees and delicately take a grape or some pear from your hand. Interact with the red pandas and their keepers - learn why there are only 2,500 red pandas left in the world, and what makes them so special. Make sure you book well in advance for our most popular encounter.

Age: You must be at least 6 years old and if you are under 14, you’ll need to be accompanied by a paying adult.

Time: Every day at 11.30am

Cost: $95 per person (GST incl.)

Participants: Minimum 2 people, maximum 4

Duration: 30 minutes

Bookings: 10% of proceeds from your Close Encounter go directly to local and international conservation projects supported by the Wellington Zoo Conservation Fund.

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. Gift cards are available through our Trade Me online storeContact us for more information. 

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Thursday, 26 November

  • Red Panda Close Encounter

    Start Time: 11:30 a.m.
    Cost: $95.00 Per Person