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Animal encounters (Zookeeper talks)

Every day our keepers share facts and stories about our amazing animals, really bringing your visit to life. Our free encounters take place at animals' exhibits.

Giraffe encounterSealion encounter

Winter 2014 daily schedule

Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday Saturday Sunday Public holidays
10.15am
NZCCM vet team
Viewing gallery
10.15am
NZCCM vet team
Viewing gallery
10.15am
NZCCM vet team
Viewing gallery 
11.15am
Giraffe
11.15am
Giraffe
11.15am
Giraffe
10.15am
Cheetah
11am
Aussie Walkabout 
11.15am
Giraffe
11.15am
Giraffe

12noon
Elephant 

11.45am
Meerkat 
12.15pm
Otter 
12noon
Elephant 

11.15am
Giraffe

12noon
Elephant
12.15pm
Seal 
12.15pm
Macaw 
1.15pm
Giraffe

12.15pm
Macaw 

2pm
Lemur 
12.15pm
Macaw
12noon
Elephant
12.15pm
Macaw
12.30pm
Tiger
12.30pm
Orangutan
2.30pm
Tasmanian devil 
12.30pm
Spider monkey
2.30pm
Penguin 
12.30pm
Orangutan
12.30pm
Orangutan
12.30pm
Orangutan
1.45pm
Porcupine 
1.30pm
NZ birds
Meet at The Lookout 
2.45pm
Eel
The Wetlands 
1.30pm
NZ birds
Meet at The Lookout 
2.45pm
Native reptiles
The Islands 
1.15pm
Native reptiles
The Islands 
1.30pm
NZ birds
Meet at The Lookout 
2pm
Spider monkey
2.30pm
Penguin 
2pm
Red panda 
3.30pm
Penguin 
2.15pm
Lion
X 2pm
Spider monkey
2.15pm
Lion 
2.30pm
Tasmanian devil
2.45pm
Eel
The Wetlands 
2.45pm
Native reptiles
The Islands 
X 2.45pm
Eel
The Wetlands 
X 2.30pm
Tasmanian devil 
2.45pm
Native reptiles
The Islands 
3pm
Tiger
X X X X X 3pm
Tiger 
X 3.30pm
Penguin
X X X X X 3.30pm
Seal 
X X

Please note

Scheduled or impromptu encounters may at times need to be cancelled or delayed. Please listen for P.A. announcements.

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