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
Barn Owl at the Taronga Zoo Sydney Bird Show. Photo: William A. Stewart
Barn Owl at the Taronga Zoo Sydney Bird Show. Photo: William A. Stewart

Owl encounter

Come face to face with Banshee, our resident Barn owl, as she flies tantalisingly close to you whilst settling on a nearby perch.

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Barn Owl at the Taronga Zoo Sydney Bird Show. Photo: William A. Stewart
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