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Melbourne Zoo's Close-up Encounters will bring you face-to-face with some of our most popular personalities.

You will meet our passionate and knowledgeable staff who will guide you into your favourite animals’ exhibit for a chance to meet these amazing animals.

Our friendly staff will be on hand to help capture your Close-up moment. Please be sure to bring along your smart phone or point-and-shoot camera for our staff to operate.

The encounter is a brief experience that lasts a couple of minutes with each visitor booked, however please plan up to 15 minutes to meet your host and keeper, and hear the safety briefing.

 When you purchase a Close-up Encounter you are directly contributing to Zoos Victorias work to fight wildlife extinction.

  • Giraffe

    Lemur Close-up

    Max group size: 8 people
    Available: 3:30pm
    Minimum age: 10 years

  • Giraffe

    Giraffe Close-up

    Max group size: 8 people
    Available: 1.45pm
    Minimum age: 5 years

  • Giant Tortoise

    Giant Tortoise Close-up 

    Max group size: 2 groups of up to 5 people
    Available: Currently unavailable


  • Kangaroo

    Kangaroo Close-up

    Max group size: 4 groups of up to 5 people
    Available: 2:15pm

  • Meerkat

    Meerkat Close-up

    Max group size: 6 people
    Available: 1.15pm
    Minimum age: 6 years

  • Meerkat

    Squirrel Monkey Close-up

    Max group size: 8 people
    Available: 12:15pm 
    Minimum age: 10 years

  • Seal

    Seal Close-up

    Max group size: 6 people
    Available: Weekends only at 11:45am
    Minimum age: 12 years

The staff reserve the right to cancel any experience at any time, for reasons relating to animal welfare.

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Booking info

$30 per person, $27 zoo members (Excludes general admission.)
Children aged 12 and under must be accompanied by a paying adult. Check each animal listing for minimum ages.
Group size 
Listed per animal

Bookings can be made by calling
1300 966 784 or on the day at the entry gates (subject to availibility)
Payment must be made at the time of booking
Gift Certificates are available
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