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.

Aldabra Giant Tortoise close-up encounter family

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.

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. 

Baboons

Baboon Behind the Scenes

Get close to the baboons at Melbourne Zoo, hear their stories and find out how beads are helping to protect these animals in the wild.

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!

Roar n Snore

Roar 'n' snore

Roar ‘n’ Snore guests wine, dine and sleep where the elephants once walked, in the Historic Elephant Exhibit. Built in the 1940s it's been re-vitalized to provide a unique camping opportunity. After dinner in the Elephant House, guests explore the mystery of the Zoo after dark.