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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

Summer 2014 daily schedule

Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday Saturday Sunday Public holidays
10.30am
NZCCM vet team
Viewing gallery
10.30am
NZCCM vet team
Viewing gallery
12noon
Elephant
11.15am
Giraffe
11.15am
Giraffe
11.15am
Giraffe
10.15am
Cheetah
10.15am
Cheetah
11.15am
Giraffe
11.15am
Giraffe

1.15pm
Giraffe

12noon
Eel
The Wetlands 
12noon
Native reptiles
The Islands 
12noon
Elephant 

11.15am
Giraffe

12noon
Elephant
12noon
Eel
The Wetlands 
12noon
Native reptiles
The Islands 
2pm
Baboon 

12noon
Macaw

12noon
Lemur
12noon
Macaw
12noon
Elephant
12noon
Macaw
12.30pm
Meerkat
12noon
Macaw
3.30pm
Penguin 
12.30pm
Spider monkey
12.30pm
Otter
12.30pm
Orangutan
12.30pm
Orangutan
12.30pm
Orangutan
2.30pm
Penguin
12.30pm
Orangutan
X 1.30pm
NZ birds
Meet at 'The Lookout' 
2pm
Baboon
1.15pm
Galapagos tortoise
1.15pm
Galapagos tortoise
2pm
Spider monkey
3.30pm
Seal
1.30pm
NZ birds
Meet at 'The Lookout' 
X 2.15pm
Lion
2.30pm
Penguins
2pm
Spider monkey
1.45pm
Porcupine
2.30pm
Penguin
X 2pm
Red panda 
X X X 3pm
Tiger
2.15pm
Lion 
3pm
Tiger
X X X X X 3.30pm
Seal 
X 3.15pm
Aussie Walkabout

Impromptu encounters - listen for P.A. announcements

  • Sea lion and fur seal (including underwater encounters)
  • Red panda
  • Cheetah
  • Tiger
  • Hippo
  • Australian birds (in the Aussie bird walk-through aviary)

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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Winter (1 May to 31 August)
9.30am - 5pm
last admissions at 4.15pm

Summer (1 September to 30 April)
9.30am to 5.30pm
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location

Auckland Zoo
Motions Road
Western Springs
Auckland 1022