Close Encounter with an American Alligator
Meet the aquarium’s alligator, Cheryl. Help prepare her lunch and learn about her favourite meals and what the difference is between an alligator and a crocodile. Then watch her flash her toothy smile as she is fed some meaty treats.
Time: Monday, Wednesday & Friday at 2.30pm.
Duration: Approximately 45 minutes.
Participants: Maximum of 2 people. Minimum age 6 years. Children 12 years and under must be accompanied by a paying adult. Closed footwear required.
Bookings: Only available November 1st - March 31st. Bookings are essential and subject to availability/confirmation.
Meet Cheryl, a NZ resident originally from southeast USA
The American Alligator is native to freshwater wetlands from Texas to North Carolina in the USA. It is the largest reptile in North America and has survived on Earth for more than 200 million years! The National Aquarium's alligator came from Butterfly Creek in Auckland (but North America originally of course).
American Alligators are apex predators and consume fish, amphibians, reptiles, birds, and mammals. They play an important role as ecosystem engineers in wetland ecosystems through the creation of alligator holes, which provide both wet and dry habitats for other organisms.
National Aquarium of New Zealand Fees and Charges approved for 1 July 2018 to 30 June 2019.
All fees and charges are inclusive of GST (except as noted *).
|Admissions||Fee (incl GST)|
|Close Encounters||Penguins/Alligators/Piranha (per person) (maximum of 4)||$90.00|