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Penguin encounter

Animal Encounters - Get close to Animals

Animal Encounters provide a unique opportunity to get close to some of Taronga Zoo’s most amazing animals. See a Koala* close up, feed a Giraffe or book an owl encounter for the unique chance to take the bird on your wrist. Plus you’ll receive a souvenir photo of you and the animal as part of the price.

An animal encounter at Taronga Zoo is a truly memorable experience. A souvenir photo of you and the animal is included in the price.

Koala Encounter $24.95 11am to 2.45pm
Meerkat Encounter** $49.95 11am
Giraffe Encounter $24.95 11:30am
Penguin Encounter* $49.95 2pm
Owl Encounter* $24.95 12:30pm

*Conditions apply.

**Note: The Meerkat Encounter will be cancelled from the 18th of May to the 2nd of June while they settle into their new home. We apologise in advance for any inconvenience caused.

Encounters are subject to daily availability.


Book your Animal Encounter on arrival at Taronga Zoo, the Zoo Shop or Animal Encounters.

For any further information please contact one of our friendly staff on 9978 4743 or email us at .

Keeper for a Day

Keeper for a Day
Truly a day to remember for any animal lover! Keeper for a Day is an amazing experience that takes you behind the scenes into the daily lives of our keepers and gives you a once in a lifetime opportunity to get really close to some of Taronga Zoo’s most popular animals.