Venture behind-the-scenes and meet a red panda at Auckland Zoo.

Your guide will take you into the red panda enclosure where you will have the pleasure of hand-feeding our friendly red pandas. This is a unique opportunity you don't want to miss!

  1. Venture into the Red Panda enclosure on this exclusive experience - just you and a friend accompanied by an experienced guide. 
  2. Learn about their diet, natural behaviours and individual personalities as you hand-feed a red panda their favourite snacks. 
  3. While you are immersed in your Experience, your skilled guide will take photos to capture your once in a lifetime experience. You will receive these on a USB at the end of the day. 
  4. Make the most of your visit with all-day Zoo access – explore the rest of the Zoo at your leisure.

Red panda spotting

If you're looking for our red pandas, be sure to check the tops of the trees!


It is best to contact our team at 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.

Your guide will take photos during your experience so you can fully live in the moment. You will receive these on a USB at no extra cost. Unfortunately, use of personal devices are prohibited in our behind the scenes areas. Any personal belongings and devices will be secured during your Experience in storage lockers free of charge.

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. Avoid wearing strong scents such as perfume or aftershave.

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 Red Pandas on this experience.

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