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.
Giraffe feed at Taronga Zoo Sydney.
Giraffe feed at Taronga Zoo Sydney.

Giraffe encounter

Every day

Get eye to eye with Taronga’s tallest friends. Don’t miss out on this “once in a life time” experience to meet these African giants.

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Giraffe feed at Taronga Zoo Sydney.
Meerkat encounter at Taronga Zoo Sydney.
Meerkat encounter at Taronga Zoo Sydney.

Meerkat encounter

Wednesdays, Fridays, Saturdays & Sundays

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 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.