Animal Encounters

Animal Encounters

It’s Time to get Wild!

Steve once said, “when people touch an animal, the animal touches their heart. And instantly, we’ve won them over to the conservation of that species.” Our  Australia Zoo animal encounters do just that – they get you up close and personal with our incredible wildlife.

Discover why each animal is so important in the wild and be inspired to join our mission in conservation! Learn from our passionate keepers about each animal’s unique personality and fall in love, just like us!

Rascally Red Panda Encounter

Time: 9:00am | Price: $99.00 per person

Red pandas are found throughout the Himalayan Mountains and it’s a rare treat to be able to get up close to these gorgeous guys. Meeting one of our red panda residents here at Australia Zoo, you will experience firsthand just how soft and fluffy they are!

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Mischievous Meerkats Encounter

Time: 10:00am & 3:00pm | Price: $99.00 per person

Meet our cheeky mob of meerkats. At just 30 centimetres tall, these playful girls make up for their small stature with their BIG personalities! They’re friendly, clever and confident, each with their very own unique characteristics. These girls weigh less than one kilogram and they just love meeting our visitors.

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Regal Eagle Encounter

Time: 10:00am | Price: $29.00 per person

Come face-to-face with the bird that rules the Australian skies, the mighty wedge-tailed eagle! These impressive birds are the largest raptors in Australia and, here at Australia Zoo, you can witness their power up close in this breathtaking encounter.

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Tiger Cub Walk Encounter

Time: 10:30am | Price: $399.00 (Up to two people)

Join our beautiful Sumatran tiger cubs and their keepers on one of their daily walks through Australia Zoo. You’ll be in awe of these amazing animals and will never forget this once in a lifetime experience. The sheer size of these cubs and the intensity of their eyes is like nothing you’ve experienced before and the bond they share with their keepers is truly amazing!

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Ripper Rhinos Encounter

Time: 11:00am & 2:15pm | Price: $99.00 per person

Crikey! Come face-to-face with our magnificent two-tonne rhino in this unique experience. Learn from our keepers about the second largest land mammal in the world and discover why the southern white rhino is so special. On this once-in-a-lifetime encounter you will get the chance to give this amazing animal a pat.

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Cuddly Koala Encounter

Time: 11:30am & 12:00pm | Price: $49.00 per person

Meet a very special Aussie icon, the cuddly koala! During this encounter you can cuddle one of our gorgeous koalas and learn all about these marvellous marsupials. Our wonderful keepers will be on hand to answer all your questions and share what is involved in caring for this very special Australia Zoo resident.

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Naughty Wombat Encounter

Time: 11:30am | Price: $49.00 per person

Get closer than ever to this native mammal in their home here at Australia Zoo. You’ll get the chance pat this gorgeous animal. These cool mammals, native to Australia, have a backward facing pouch so they can still dig burrows when carrying young. What a ripper!

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Giant Giraffe Snapshot

Time: 12:15pm & 3:15pm | $49.00 (up to five people)

Did you know giraffe are the tallest land mammal in the world? This gentle giant can reach heights of 5.5 metres and weigh up to 1900 kilograms. Crikey! Here at Australia Zoo you have the chance to get up close and personal with these beautiful animals by hand-feeding one of our gorgeous giraffes.

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Totally Tortoise Encounter

Time: 12:30pm | Price: $39.00 per person

Meet the largest land tortoise in the world – the Aldabra tortoise! This grand animal can grow up to one metre tall and weigh up to 300 kilograms. Crikey! These gentle giants absolutely love a pat and you’ll be able to watch them munch through their lunch whilst you learn all about these reptiles from our awesome keepers.

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Cheeky Cheetah Snapshot

Time: 12:45pm | Price: $69.00 (up to two people)

Meet the fastest land animal in the world – the cheetah! Marvel over their majestic markings and get up so close you can hear them purr. This encounter will get you an epic snapshot with one of our beautiful cheetahs. Crikey!

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Australia Zoo Wildlife Hospital Tour

Time: 2:30pm & 3:30pm | Price: $19.00 per person

Visit Australia’s busiest wildlife hospital, where you can observe the extraordinary team of vets and nurses as they save precious wildlife right in front of your eyes. Australia Zoo Wildlife Hospital opened in 2004, inspired by the unwavering work of Steve’s mum, Lyn Irwin, who was a pioneer in wildlife care.

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Gorgeous Elephant Encounter

Time: 2:45pm | Price: $149.00 per person

Imagine getting right up close to the largest land animal in the world. Crikey! You will certainly appreciate the size of these awesome animals as you go right into their home and personally meet our gorgeous Sumatran Elephants!

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Spiky Little Echidna Encounter

Time: 2:45pm | Price: $39.00 per person

Take part in an interactive, educational experience with one of Australia's native icons! This sticky-beaked creature is one of the most interesting animals around, and you'll never forget this up close encounter. These gorgeous, spiky, little echidnas may even sit on your lap so you can hand feed them. Crikey!

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Leapin’ Lemurs Encounter

Time: 3:30pm | Price: $99.00 per person

Meet our tremendous troop of ring-tailed lemurs. This is a magical experience from the moment you board the barge that takes you to our very own Lemur Island. On this exciting encounter you can get up close with our lovely lemurs and they might even take some food right out of your hand!

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Australia Zoo Wildlife Hospital Sneak Peek

Time: ALL DAY | Price: $2.00 per person

Stop in at the amazing Australia Zoo Wildlife Hospital for a sneak peek and see some of our incredible vets and nurses at work from behind the glass of our dedicated viewing area. Australia Zoo Wildlife Hospital opened in 2004, inspired by the wonderful work of Steve’s mum, Lyn Irwin, who was a pioneer in wildlife care.

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Feed Our Kangaroos and Wallabies

Time: ALL DAY | Price: $3.00 per bag of roo food

Have a go at this! Pat and hand-feed our gorgeous gorgeous red kangaroos, grey kangaroos, swamp wallabies, rock wallabies and red-necked wallabies as they roam and relax within their vast home. Purchase some roo food at the Australia Zoo Information Desk, Kids Zoo or any of our our gift shops.

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