Auckland Zoo’s squirrel monkey/capybara experience is currently on hold. Check back for updates later this month.

Sharing their home in the Zoo’s Rainforest, our unique Squirrel Monkey and Capybara experience will be one you treasure for years to come. Our Bolivian squirrel monkeys are full of surprises! Meet these cheeky and intelligent primates up close when you feed them their favourite lunch. Then, treat the world’s largest rodent to a good back scratch. 

Please note, this experience does not allow guests to pet or touch the capybara. Back-scratchers will be provided.

  1. Learn about diet, natural behaviours and individual personalities.
  2. Feed our cheeky squirrel monkeys their favourite snacks.
  3. Use our handy back-scratchers to treat our capybara to a good scratch. 
  4. 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.
  5. Make the most of your visit with all-day Zoo access – explore the rest of the Zoo at your leisure.

Curious and cute squirrel monkeys

Learn more about this adorable species and their favourite summertime treat.


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 up to two children.

Yes, individuals may choose to book at full price ($220). 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. You will be asked to remove any loose clothing and accessories prior to the encounter (e.g. caps and sunglasses).

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. Please note, this experience does not allow guests to pet or touch the capybara. Back-scratchers will be provided. Squirrel monkeys may choose to jump or climb over you.

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