Animal Encounters

Animal Encounters

Get up close and personal.

Book an Animal Encounter for a thrilling experience on your next visit.

Encounters currently available are listed below.

Sumatran Tiger at Taronga Zoo Sydney.
Sumatran Tiger at Taronga Zoo Sydney.

Platinum Tiger encounter - NEW!

Tuesdays and Thursdays

Become one of the first to explore Taronga’s world class Sumatran Tiger habitat as part of this intimate VIP experience. Come eye-to-eye with this fascinating and critically endangered species, and learn about the challenges they face in the wild.

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Sumatran Tiger at Taronga Zoo Sydney.
Cotton-top Tamarin in the Rainforest immersive Habitat Classroom within the Taronga Institute of Science & Learning.
Cotton-top Tamarin in the Rainforest immersive Habitat Classroom within the Taronga Institute of Science & Learning.

Immersive Habitat Classroom encounter - NEW!

Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays

Be transported to a desert plain, rainforest floor or woodland forest as you explore the incredible immersive Habitat Classrooms of the Taronga Institute of Science & Learning. Get up close to the unique wildlife that call these habitats home!

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Cotton-top Tamarin in the Rainforest immersive Habitat Classroom within the Taronga Institute of Science & Learning.
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

Every day

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.
Guests enjoying a penguin encounter at Taronga Zoo Sydney.
Guests enjoying a penguin encounter at Taronga Zoo Sydney.

Penguin encounter

Every day

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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Guests enjoying a penguin encounter at Taronga Zoo Sydney.