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

Visitors aged 18 years or older must be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 or have an eligible COVID-19 digital certificate exemption. More information

Fitted face masks are to be worn on all encounters, behind the scenes, tours and in some animal habitats, which will be signed

Read the full terms and conditions

Temporarily cancelled

Due to current restrictions, this encounter is not currently running and we are unable to take bookings or create a waitlist.

Please keep an eye on the website in 2022 for when this encounter will be available again.

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.