Animal Encounters

Animal Encounters

Get up close and personal.

Want to feed a Sumatran Tiger, meet a meerkat, or stand tall with a giraffe? Get up close and personal with our Animal Encounters for a thrilling experience.

Important notice

After careful consideration to the current situation regarding COVID-19, we have made the decision to postpone all Animal Encounters.

We apologise for any inconvenience and disappointment this may cause. The safety and well-being of our guests, staff and animals is always our highest priority. Please be assured Taronga is continuing to closely monitor the situation and we will keep you informed as to any further changes. 

Read more about the additional actions and safety measures Taronga has been taking.

Giraffe encounter
Giraffe encounter

Giraffes in focus

This encounter has been postponed until further notice.

Think you can reach up to a giraffe’s mouth? In this experience you’ll personally feed and photograph these gentle giants from the Zoo's Giraffe Boardwalk.

Giraffe encounter
Meerkat encounter
Meerkat encounter

Meerkat encounter

This encounter has been postponed until further notice.

Meerkats scuttling across your lap? Yes please! Step inside the exhibit with our Keeper, and sit as the curious meerkats get up close and personal.

Bookings are essential for our Meerkat encounters as places are very limited. Contact us to book.

Meerkat encounter
Sumatran Tiger.
Sumatran Tiger.

Big cat encounter

This encounter has been postponed until further notice.

Get up close to a Sumatran Tiger in this heart-racing encounter. You’ll feed this magnificent creature while learning about the species and their plight in the wild.

Sumatran Tiger.
Hippo encounter.
Hippo encounter.

Hippo encounter

This encounter has been postponed until further notice.

Come face to face with one of the Zoo's resident Hippos on the Hippo Encounter. Go behind-the-scenes with a keeper get up close to a Hippo, learn about the species and have the opportunity to feed one!

Hippo encounter.