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.

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.
Asian Elephants at Taronga Zoo Sydney.
Asian Elephants at Taronga Zoo Sydney.

Elephant experience

Wednesdays, Thursdays, Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays

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. As you meet our Elephants one by one our expert Elephant keepers will share their wealth of knowledge with you and answer any question you have about these remarkable animals.

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Asian Elephants at Taronga Zoo Sydney.
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.
Tortoise encounter at Taronga Zoo Sydney.
Tortoise encounter at Taronga Zoo Sydney.

Tortoise encounter

Tuesdays and Thursdays

Get up close to some of our oldest friends, the Aldabra Giant Tortoise. You’ll be a part of the animal’s daily feed, while our Keepers tell you all about these grand creatures, all while supporting Taronga's conservation efforts and getting exclusive Q&A opportunity with our Reptile Keepers.

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Tortoise encounter at Taronga Zoo Sydney.