Melbourne Zoo

Wild encounters

Experience the thrill of a Wild Encounter at Melbourne Zoo!

Get closer than ever before to our Melbourne Zoo family with our Wild Encounters program. Whether you want to a close-up photo opportunity with your favourite animal, a chance to go behind the scenes and meet our keepers, or to stay overnight at the Zoo, Wild Encounters puts you in right in the front row.

MZ-CloseUp-Giraffe

Close-up Encounters

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

Sumatran Tiger

Tiger Behind the Scenes

Meet one of Melbourne Zoo’s three critically endangered Sumatran Tigers and the passionate keeper who cares for them. Find out about the threats facing these animals and the things that you can do to help save them. 

Asian Elephant Mali

Elephant Behind the Scenes

Melbourne Zoo is offering the opportunity to hang out with our herd of Asian Elephants. Enter the elephant paddock and help the keepers use food for a mammoth game of hide-and-seek. Visitors will be able to spend some time with the elephants’ keeper, grab front row seats and watch the herd romp in the paddock.

Gorilla Julia (MZ)

Gorilla Behind the Scenes

Go behind-the-scenes with our keepers to meet the largest of all the primates and learn what it means to be part of the troop!

Sumatran Orang-utan close

Orang-utan Behind the Scenes

Go behind the scenes with the Orang-utans at Melbourne Zoo; learn about how they survive in the wild, help with meal preparation and animal enrichment. 

Roar n Snore

Roar 'n' snore

Wake in the morning to the calls of gibbons and birds and enjoy breakfast before a chance to meet the keepers and experience up-close animal encounters and life behind-the-scenes.