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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.


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.

Australian Wildlife Tour - Kangaroo

Australian Wildlife Tour

Come with us on a journey through the Australian bush at Melbourne Zoo!

In this exclusive experience you will have morning access to Melbourne Zoo before it opens to the public and have the opportunity to learn about our iconic Australian wildlife.

Gorilla Yuska 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 Overnight Camp

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.