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Creating hands-on learning opportunities
at the Zoo

Here at the National Zoo and Aquarium, our Education Department aims to offer enriching, interactive and "hands-on" experiences that will enable people of all ages to be inspired and encouraged to assist in the creation of a more balanced and positive future between humans and the natural world.

Of course you are welcome to visit as a self guided group. Cost is $11.50 per student (based on 20 students)
Please click here to view group prices and to make your booking. Note - Payment is not required at time of booking - but is required prior to, or on your arrival.

The Zoo offers a variety of programs that offer both thrills and hands on learning experiences. From a school excursion to a birthday tour, the NZA can offer a unique experience for young and old.



All these programs involve feeding large animals such as tigers and giraffes. In order to experience this thrill, each participant needs to have an indemnity form signed. Children under 18 years of age need a form signed by a parent or guardian. Remember to download the appropriate form for your group when you make your booking. See the links below.

Experience the thrill of coming face to face with tigers, bears, giraffes and more! Make friends with a snake! Tours available 7 days a week (excluding ACT School Holidays) Choose from a wide range of curriculum based topics (see below)


For $12.50 per student (based on 20 students or more) you receive:

A one hour guided tour - choose from our list of topics to support your study, or "Anything/Everything" for a general tour
Admission to the Zoo for the day
Hand feeds with Giraffes, Lions, Tigers or Bears (see indemnity form link) and other animal interaction
Reptile handling
Optional Activity Sheets - (upon request
only) - please email your requirements prior to your visit

In order for students to participate in hand feeds of the larger animals, such as a tiger or giraffe, each student must have an indemnity form completed prior to their visit to the zoo. These forms must be signed by a parent or guardian. Download the forms here Indemnity Form: School

With groups over 15, every child may not be able to feed a large animal. For example, 10 to 15 out of a group of 30 students may have the opportunity to participate in those hand feeds. Schools can pre-select these students - or have all students complete the forms, and the Teachers choose students on arrival (This is easiest). What ever method of selection is used, Indemnity Forms must be completed by a parent prior to the visit, and these forms presented at the Zoo on your arrival.

Don't worry, no-one misses out - Every student will have the opportunity to handle a reptile and feed an animal.   Plan your Day

Food at the Zoo: You are welcome to bring in your own food to the Zoo. There are a number of covered picnic areas, as well as a larger grassed area within the Zoo, and a grassed slope in our carpark, suitable for groups.
There is also a small Kiosk at the Zoo. Groups of more than 10 will need to preorder hot food from the Kiosk prior to arrival.
Cold drinks and ice-creams are available to purchase by the students, in groups of no more than 5 at a time accompanied by a Teacher. Whilst teachers are welcome to order hot drinks we are unable to serve hot beverages to school students unless by prior arrangement.

Lunch Packs from $6.50 per student are available for delivery directly to the Zoo from "Food on the Run". Lunch includes a sandwich or roll (choice of different fillings) bottled water or fruit box and a snack or piece of fruit. To contact them directly for more information or to place an order, click here

Gift Shop: Our Gift Shop is filled with great value gifts and souvenirs, and all proceeds go towards our animals and special programs. However it is quite small. We would appreciate if schools limit the number of students in the Gift Shop to 5 at one time, accompanied by a Teacher. Make sure you plan your day to allow time for this if needed.

For general enquiries, or to make changes to a current booking, please phone (02) 6287 8487, or email sallybradley@nationalzoo.com.au

Indemnity Form :General   Indemnity Form: School    Indemnity Form: Safari Birthday Tour 

 Certificate of Currency   Risk Assessment Form ____________________________________________________________________________________________________

Note: Bookings for Guided Tours require a minimum of 5 days notice,
and can be made up to 365 days in advance. Students require signed Indemnity forms to particpate. (see link above)

School Tours are not available during ACT School holidays.

On completion of your online booking, you will receive an
itemised TAX INVOICE with your CONFIRMATION.

Any Changes to exisiting bookings need to be made in writing, and be confirmed by the Zoo.

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Preschools who wish to have a Guided experience - please phone the zoo to assist you with your booking.

Please read the Terms and Conditions for Group Bookings entry.

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