A close-up of a Meerkat, who is staring into the camera.

Close-up encounters

Cost (excludes general admission)

$32 per person 

$28.80 Zoo Members

Duration 

15 minutes

Availability

Every day

Giant Tortoise and Seal Close-up weekends only

Restrictions

Minimum age and group sizes apply

Read the full terms and conditions

Come 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 where you will meet these amazing animals.

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.

 

 

Lemur close-up

Meet a Ring-tailed Lemur and take a picture to savour the experience. Our keepers will guide you through the exhibit, giving you a chance to see the lemurs up close.

Be sure to arrive fifteen minutes early, and bring your phone or camera for our staff to take the perfect pic of you and a furry friend.

Woman feeding giraffe at Melbourne Zoo

Giraffe close-up

Reach up high and feed the world’s tallest mammal. In this exclusive experience, our staff will guide you through the exhibit while you make friends with this amazing animal.

Be sure to arrive fifteen minutes early, and bring your phone or camera for our staff to take the perfect pic of you and your big buddy.

Kangaroo close-up

Say g’day to a kangaroo with our close-up encounters. In this exclusive experience, our knowledgeable keepers will guide you through the kangaroos’ exhibit while you make friends with this famous Australian.

Be sure to arrive fifteen minutes early, and bring your phone or camera for our staff to take the perfect pic of you and your new mate.

Giant Tortoise close-up

Touch a Giant Tortoise with our close-up encounters. Our keepers will guide you through the exhibit while you watch this ancient animal in (slow) motion.

Be sure to arrive fifteen minutes early, and bring your phone or camera for our staff to take the perfect pic of you and one of our gentle giants.

Two meerkats

Meerkat close-up

Mix with meerkats through our close-up encounters. Our knowledgeable keepers will guide you through the meerkats’ exhibit while you get to know this curious creature.

Be sure to arrive fifteen minutes early, and bring your phone or camera for our staff to take at pic of you and your new favourite forager.

Seal with her keeper

Seal close-up

Meet our playful seals! In this exclusive experience, our staff will guide you through the exhibit while you get close to this adorable animal.

Be sure to arrive fifteen minutes early and get ready to learn new things about your fin-footed friend.