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Times: 2:15pm

Price: $79.00 per person 3 years and over

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My Animal Encounter

By Nicole Nielsen, from Queensland

 My mother, my two children and I had the most profound experience thanks to Australia Zoo. It's been my mother's lifelong dream to go to Africa to experience the wildlife. Then all of a sudden, life got in the way, and Mum's dream got pushed aside and new dreams realised. That's where Australia Zoo comes into it. Mum won a raffle of 2 x Adult tickets to meet the adorable baby Rhino, Savannah. My mother is now too old and ill to travel to Africa, so instead, one amazing, brave, passionate woman - Terri Irwin - and Australia Zoo brought Africa to my mother! To see my mum reach out and pat a baby Rhino at Australia Zoo, was, for me the completing of a circle. No words can describe the feelings I felt seeing my mother realising one of her lifelong dreams.

We patted a baby Rhino! I am still gobsmacked and amazed that I can say that. It brings a smile every time. I'm not even going to begin on what it meant for me to have my children experience that at such young ages. Thanks for making this experience possible, and letting me share in my mother's dream. 

What a ripper! Get face-to-face with a two-tonne rhino in this rare, once in a lifetime encounter.

You may even get to give an amazing White Rhino a little scratch and pat in our behind-the-scenes paddocks right here at Australia Zoo while you chat to the keepers and learn all about this awesome endangered species.

Timing and Days

  • One Rhino encounter is held daily.
  • Encounters run from 2.15pm - 3:00pm including travel time.

Price and Guest Limit

  • $79.00 per person (does not include admission). Admission can be paid on arrival at the Zoo.
  • All children 14 years and under must be accompanied by a paying adult.
  • Maximum of 8 people per encounter.


  • Bookings can be made in advance online or by calling 07 5436 2002. You can also book on the day (subject to availability) at the Information & Tour Desk by the latest 1.45pm


  • Includes one Australia Zoo gift per person.
  • Exclusive behind the scenes drive to off display areas of the Zoo.

Terms and Conditions

Ripper Rhino Encounter Terms & Conditions

1. Ripper Rhino's Animal Encounters has No Age Restrictions. Children aged 0-2 are free with a paying, participating adult per child. Children 3-14 must be accompanied to the encounter by a paying, participating adult.

2. Suitable footwear must be worn during the encounter i.e. no high heels.


Generic Terms and Conditions - applicable to ALL encounters

1. Entry to Australia Zoo is not included. Valid entry is compulsory for all encounters.

2. All Participants, including children, must follow all instructions given by the handlers. Each Participant must be able to understand English or have a paying, participating interpreter with them.

3. Australia Zoo reserves the right to refuse any person to participate in the Animal Encounter for health, safety or other reasons. Participants may be asked to cease the encounter at any time for whatever reason at the handler's discretion.

4. Some encounters may require special assistance to provide access to Wheelchair bound guests. Staff must be informed of mobility issues when booking the encounter.

5. Animal Encounters are subject to weather. Please be aware that the encounter may need to be cancelled if bad weather occurs before or during the session. The encounter will be rescheduled for the next available date, at the Zoo's discretion.

6. All encounters are subject to change without notice. If the encounter is cancelled by Australia Zoo, you will have the option to receive a full refund or reschedule to another encounter time or day.

7. Cancellation within 48hrs of the Session shall result in forfeiture of 50% of the full payment. If the Participant does not attend or is late to the experience the fee will NOT be refunded.

8. No personal items or food are permitted on the encounter, this includes camera's and backpacks. In some circumstances, a phone or small camera will be allowed.

9. Please remember that all animals are capable of exercising their natural instincts. Do not under any circumstances attempt to roughly handle the animal. Contact with animals will be under the handlers direction - please do not touch animal's head, face or any other body parts unless directed to by the animal handler.

10. All interaction will be instigated by the animals. The behaviour of the animals or the outcome/level of interaction is not guaranteed under any circumstances.

11. Australia Zoo does not take any responsibility for any injuries, howsoever received whether it be as a result of the Animal Encounter, travelling to, or being in, the enclosure in which the animal is housed.

12. The food we feed to our animals may contain nuts, eggs, fruit, seafood, raw meat and other food products. Please ensure any allergies are discussed with staff prior to the encounter being undertaken.

13. Participants must be aware that they may be filmed during experiences for media purposes.

14. The Participant consents to the publication and/or use in any media whatsoever of their name, image, voice statements or otherwise, without payment of compensation.

15. This experience is an "Animal Encounter" for the purposes of the Waiver, Indemnity and Release attached.

16. The Participant acknowledges and agrees that the attached Waiver, Acknowledgement, Indemnity and Release forms part of this document.

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