Animal Encounters

Animal Encounters

Get up close and personal.

Want to feed a giraffe, see a koala* close up, or go behind-the-scenes with our Elephant Keepers? Book one of our Animal Encounters for a thrilling experience on your next visit.

Encounters currently available are listed below.

Koala joey, Wattle, rides on mother Willow's back at Koala Encounters
Koala joey, Wattle, rides on mother Willow's back at Koala Encounters

Koala encounter

Strike a pose with our famous Australian icon, the koala!

Venture into the exhibit as our knowledgeable zookeepers give you a private talk about these unique pouched marsupials.

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Koala joey, Wattle, rides on mother Willow's back at Koala Encounters
Australian Little Penguins. Photo: Madeleine Smitham
Australian Little Penguins. Photo: Madeleine Smitham

Penguin encounter

Feed a fish to a penguin right from your hands during their daily feed. Plus, our Keepers will tell you all about our curious little penguins as they slip and slide around you.

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Australian Little Penguins. Photo: Madeleine Smitham
Giraffes at Taronga Zoo Sydney
Giraffes at Taronga Zoo Sydney

Giraffe encounter

Get eye to eye with Taronga’s tallest friends.

Don’t miss out on this “once in a life time” experience to get up close and personal with these African giants.

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Giraffes at Taronga Zoo Sydney
Meerkat Encounter. Photo: Chris Wheeler
Meerkat Encounter. Photo: Chris Wheeler

Meerkat encounter

Get mobbed by our little Meerkat family as the keepers place one of their daily feeds on your lap!

Watch them scurry around all over you as they try to grab every piece of their favourite food.

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Meerkat Encounter. Photo: Chris Wheeler
Get up close to Taronga's Barking Owl.
Get up close to Taronga's Barking Owl.

Owl experience

Treat yourself to a truly breathtaking experience and marvel at Taronga’s resident barking owl in all its glory. Come face to face with this majestic bird, as it flies tantalisingly close to you and perches on your arm. 

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Get up close to Taronga's Barking Owl.
Asian Elephants. Photo: Bobby-Jo Clow
Asian Elephants. Photo: Bobby-Jo Clow

Elephant experience

Go on a private behind-the-scenes tour, led by our Elephant keepers who will bring you eye-to-eye with Taronga's Asian Elephant herd.

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Asian Elephants. Photo: Bobby-Jo Clow
Aldabra Giant Tortoise. Photo: Paul Fahy
Aldabra Giant Tortoise. Photo: Paul Fahy

Keeper for a Day (for adults)

Keeper for a Day is an amazing full-day experience that takes you behind the scenes into the daily lives of our keepers and gives you an once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to get close to some of our most popular animals!

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Aldabra Giant Tortoise. Photo: Paul Fahy