Discover more than you expect at the National Zoo & Aquarium

Discover more than you expect at the National Zoo & Aquarium

Get up close and personal with your favourite animals with a Close Encounter experience at the zoo.

Whether that’s a cheetah, rhino or giraffe, there’s over 10 different species of animals to choose from.

  1. Meet a Cheetah

    Step into the enclosure and you’ll be face to face with an unrestrained, fully grown adult cheetah! An experienced Zookeeper will be with you the entire time to answer any questions you may have and to guide you through the process as you pat and play with one big cat.

    More of a dog-person than a cat-person? Choose to do their ‘Meet Solo and Zama’ experience for the best of both worlds. Solo and Zama are best mates, Solo being the big cat and Zama a Border Collie/Belgian Malinois female dog that Solo was raised with. It’s great fun watching the two interacting with each other.

  2. Rhinos

    Go behind the scenes to meet and feed the zoo’s impressive rhinos! A keeper will introduce you to Ubuntu and Eco in their awesome new Savannah area.

  3. Giraffes

    Marvel at the zoo’s magnificent giraffes’ Shaba and Mzungu and their new calf Nzuri. Surprisingly graceful, did you know a baby giraffe is more than 2 meters tall at birth?

    An experienced keeper will take you behind the scenes so you can feed the family.

Each Close Encounter has different times to book for, so be sure to double check the day you’re going to the zoo.

Zoo entry is not included.

Book your Close Encounter experience today.