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Animal Encounters

Animal Encounters - Get close to Animals

Animal Encounters provide a unique opportunity to get close to some of Taronga Zoo’s most amazing animals. See a Koala* close up, feed a Giraffe, meet one of our reptiles or book an owl encounter for the unique chance to take the bird on your wrist. Plus you’ll receive a souvenir photo of you and the animal as part of the price.

An animal encounter at Taronga Zoo is a truly memorable experience. A souvenir photo of you and the animal is included in the price.

Koala Encounter $19.95 11am to 2.45pm
Reptile Encounter $24.95 12pm
Giraffe Encounter $24.95 1.45pm to 2.15pm
Penguin Encounter* $49.95 2pm
Owl Encounter* $24.95 12.30pm

*Only limited spaces available and must be over 12 years.

Encounters are subject to daily availability.

Green Screen

Green screen enables you to get close to some of our most amazing and endangered animals in a magic photograph.

For just $14.95 choose from Western Lowland Gorilla, Black Rhino, Sumatran Tiger or the beautiful Sydney Harbour bridge backdrop (map ref H12).


Book your Animal Encounter or Green Screen photo and experience on arrival at Taronga Zoo at Ticketing, the Zoo Shop or Animal Encounters.

Gift Certificate

To purchase a gift certificate, please phone (02) 9932 4345.