Wellington Zoo is renowned for its work with endangered species, such as the Sumatran tiger, chimpanzee, white-cheeked gibbon, and Malayan sun bear. It's also the only place in the capital to see the famous brown kiwi (the Kiwi House is open daily 9:30am-5pm) and the tuatara. The Tropical River Trail highlights a rainforest habitat, birdlife, and several species of primates. In February and March, look out for Wild Summer Nights, when you can spend an evening at the zoo with a picnic (food outlets are available on the grounds) and listen to jazz or blues among the animals. Another interactive feature is the Close Encounters program, which offers the chance to hand feed a red panda (must be over 6 years), a giraffe (over 7), the big cats (over 12), or to spend a full day with a zookeeper tending the animals (over 18).
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