Experience some meerkat mischief when you and a friend venture in to our meerkat den to prepare an insect feast for the mob. As you prepare the food you will be watched by a group of enthusiastic and hungry meerkats, and once your prep is done, you’ll explore the habitat as you hide the food in different places for the meerkats to find.  Finally, you’ll watch the meerkats rush out of the den to start their search for the delicious food you prepared for them. 

Experience Features:

  1. An unforgettable experience - just you and a friend accompanied by an experienced guide.
  2. See the behind-the-scenes keeper area and meerkat den, where you will watch and hear meerkat mischief.
  3. Get to prepare an insect enrichment feed.  Learn about their diet, natural behaviours and individual personalities.
  4. Your guide will photograph you immersed in your experience. At the end of your experience, you will be given your photos on a USB stick, so you can then share your memories with friends and family.
  5. Experience includes all-day Zoo access – so after your meerkat mischief, you can explore the rest of the Zoo at your leisure.

Meerkat Mealtime!

Carnivore keeper Ellie loves looking after our mischievous mob of meerkats. Watch how she prepares for meerkat mealtime!


It is best to contact our team at experiences@aucklandzoo.co.nz to discuss any disabilities so we can assess them on a case-by-case basis. All participants on this experience must be able to walk well on uneven terrain. Unfortunately we are not able to accommodate wheelchairs or motorized walkers on this Experience

Sure! Our minimum age for this experience is 7 years old.

All experiences require that a paying adult (aged 18+) must accompany children under 15 years. Each adult may supervise one child.

Yes, individuals may choose to book at full price ($180). For an exclusive or private experience, please contact our Experiences team.

The price includes your zoo entry fee so feel free to come in earlier and stay at the Zoo after your behind-the-scenes experience.

Please wear comfortable flat, enclosed shoes and appropriate clothing for the weather conditions. 

The weather will not normally affect this experience, but feel free to phone us on the morning of your experience to check on the status.  Occasionally, we may need to cancel or postpone your behind-the-scenes experience due to stormy weather. Any experiences postponed by Auckland Zoo will be rescheduled to another date.

We have a hands-off policy with most of our animals and there is no direct physical contact with the Meerkats on this experience.

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