Giant tortoise on grass

Giant Tortoise Close-up Encounter

Temporarily cancelled


$30 per person (excludes zoo entry)

$27 Zoo Members


Please arrive 15 minutes early


15 minutes


Saturday and Sunday


Minimum age and group sizes apply

Read the full terms and conditions

Temporarily cancelled

All animal encounters have been cancelled until further notice. More information

Upgrade your visit to Melbourne Zoo and meet one of our oldest residents!

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.

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 Victoria's work to fight wildlife extinction.

Zoo entry not included. Be sure to also book your entry tickets for the same date as your encounter.