National Zoo & Aquarium

Meet a fully grown cheetah in a memorable encounter

Canberra’s National Zoo & Aquarium offers one of the most amazing animal experiences in Australia – the opportunity to have hands-on contact, pat and play with one of these amazing big cats.

During your Meet-A-Cheetah experience, you will be in the same enclosure with an a unrestrained, fully grown adult cheetah. At all times an experienced Zoo Keeper will be with you to answer your questions and guide you as you interact with these incredible animals. A maximum of 2 people go into the cheetah enclosure with the Keeper per session, and sessions last for approximately 10 minutes.

Weekends are our most popular days for these encounters and we are often booked out weeks in advance – so if you can’t find a place on a weekend, try a weekday.

You can also meet our new Cheetah Cub Solo and his canine pal Zama – Learn more

Please note – participants for this encounter must meet our terms & conditions. Read more

Meet a Cheetah
Days Everyday
Time 11:15am (From 2.30pm from April 11)
Maximum People 2 people
Minimum Age 15 years
Length 10 minutes
Cost $160pp Mon–Fri $185 weekend and public holidays
Zoo Entry Fee Free
Booking Book an encounter today
Restrictions Please see Meet a Cheetah Terms & Conditions
Questions? Please see our FAQs
“The cheetah is the world’s fastest land animal. They can run up to 110km an hour!”
Scrivener Dam, Yarralumla, Canberra, ACT 2611

Open every day from 9:30am to 5:00pm

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