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Want a magical, memorable wildlife experience to treasure forever?

Purchase a Close-up Encounter with your entry ticket and enjoy a special 10 minute close encounter with your favourite Australian animal.

Accompanied by one of our wonderful staff, you can get up close to our kangaroos, koalas, dingoes, emus, echidnas or even a python.

In these experiences you will enter the animal’s exhibits where our Wildlife Encounters Rangers will share fun and interesting facts with you, while you can take close photos with our iconic animals.

Our Dingoes will make you laugh as they show off their boisterous personalities, they might even give you a kiss on the cheek.

The Kangaroo Island Kangaroos are much more laid back and after they've eaten some corn out of your hand, they'll let you have a pat of their soft fur.

Our shy little echidnas will fascinate you in this truly unique encounter. You'll learn from our Rangers how echidnas feed, as well as being able to pat our spiky friends.

Our sleepy Koalas don't mind you coming into their exhibit to check them out. Learn some remarkable facts about our Koalas while posing for a snap with our photogenic and fluffy boys.

The python encounter is the perfect way to introduce kids to snakes in a friendly way. Our pythons are relaxed reptiles and our rangers can share some fascinating facts about how they are constantly adapting to survive in the wild.

Our charismatic Emus are always keen for a visitor, especially when they come bearing food. Engage with Australia's biggest bird and be captivated as you see how graceful and hilarious their movements are up close.

Perfect for individuals, couples or families, these unforgettable small group experiences will allow you exclusive up-close access and a fantastic photo opportunity.

Please note: Due to building works there will be no Kangaroo close up encounters on 5/12/2016 to 31/12/2016

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Booking info

10 minutes
$12 per person, zoo members $10.80 (Excludes general admission.)
All children 14 and under must be supervised by a paying adult with a 1 adult to 3 children ratio
Group size 
Strictly limited to 10
Scheduled throughout the day, morning and afternoon sessions available.

Pre-booking in advance advised.
Bookings can be made by phoning:
1300 966 784
Or book at Admissions on the day of your visit.
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