National Zoo & Aquarium

Interactive Tours and Encounters & Jamala Wildlife Lodge

For Meet-a-Cheetah please see the complete Terms and Conditions for this experience here.


Please read the terms and conditions carefully.

By making a booking for a Tour or Encounter, you warrant that you have read these terms and conditions and agree to be bound by them.

  • Prior to making a booking, you must notify the National Zoo and Aquarium of any disability that may prevent you or your companion/s from understanding directions, or that could result in unpredictable behaviour that interferes with a persons mobility.
  • You and your companion/s must have the ability to fully comprehend and follow any directions/orders given by the Zookeeper/s, during the tour/encounter at any time.
  • You and your companion/s must be mobile enough to walk without assistance.
  • It is advised that anyone pregnant seek medical advice before interacting with cats.
  • Participants must meet the minimum age and height requirements where applicable (Family Tour – min. 4 yrs; Animal Encounter – min. 12yrs; Zooventure Tour – min. 12yrs; WOW Tour – min. 12 yrs and 1.5m tall; and Meet a Cheetah – min. 15 yrs and 1.5m tall). Please note – Children between 4 and 15 years are required to be accompanied by a paying adult on the Encounter/Tour.
  • A copy of the National Zoo and Aquarium Indemnity and Release form will be provided on check-in and must be completed by customers taking part in any or all Tours/interactive experiences. Participants between 16 and 18 years who are not accompanied by a guardian must have the Indemnity and Release form signed by a parent or legal guardian and it must be presented on check-in.
  • Check-in time for Tour and Encounter participants is a minimum of 30 minutes prior to the Tour/Encounter time. Check-in time for W.O.W customers is 7.45 am. If you miss your booked time as a result of being late or through simply not showing up, you will not be permitted to reschedule and will forfeit any monies paid.
  • The National Zoo and Aquarium reserves the right to remove, from the Tour and Zoo grounds if necessary, any person(s) believed to be a danger or potential risk to their or anyone else’s safety.
  • The behaviour of any of the animals at the National Zoo and Aquarium, or the outcome/level of interaction, is not guaranteed under any circumstances (eg – we do not guarantee whether the cheetahs will be playful, lazy, cuddly or active).
  • In the event of rain, all Tours and Encounters will proceed unless extreme weather conditions are experienced. If that occurs, you will be contacted by the zoo to reschedule.

The use of whistles of any type, anywhere on the zoo grounds is strictly prohibited. These are used by zoo staff in an extreme emergency.

Cancellation Policies for General Tour and Animal Encounters

  • All Bookings and Voucher purchases are non-refundable.
  • Bookings can be transferred to another person’s name, provided they meet the terms and conditions of the encounter/tour.
  • Any changes to an existing booking can only be done by phoning the National Zoo and Aquarium on (02) 6287 8400.
  • Cancelling/rescheduling an existing booking can be done up to 7 days prior to your Tour/Encounter and a rescheduling fee of $5.00 per person will apply. If another date cannot be chosen at the time, a voucher/s can be issued to book at a later date at your convenience. Vouchers have a 12 month expiry.
  • Bookings cancelled within 7 days of your Tour/Encounter will result in forfeiture of 100% of the full fee. No transfer of booking date will be offered.
  • W.O.W Tour participants may reschedule up to 7 days prior, for a $5 fee per person. Rescheduling within 7 days of your Tour will incur a fee of 50%. If another date cannot be chosen at the time, a voucher/s can be issued to book at a later date at your convenience. Vouchers have a 12 month expiry.
  • All fees incurred for any changes to your booking as outlined above, are payable at the time of the change. The National Zoo and Aquarium reserves the right to charge any fees incurred to the credit card originally used to make your online booking.
  • If you miss your booked time as a result of being late or through simply not showing up, you will not be permitted to re-schedule and you will forfeit any monies paid.
  • Heavy rain and or high wind or electrical storms may require a booking to be rescheduled. Refunds for booking cancellation/rescheduling due to weather conditions are decided upon and approved solely by the National Zoo & Aquarium.

Please note:

  • Zoo entry for participants in Zooventure, Meet-a-Cheetah and W.O.W is FREE and applies to the day of the tour/encounter. General Admission is NOT included in an Animal Encounter – eg Giraffe, Red Panda, Shark, Sun Bear, Otter, White Lion, Tree Kangaroo, Owl, Meerkat, Tiger etc
  • A maximum of 2 places per time-slot may be booked by any one or more customers for Meet a Cheetah, and a maximum of 2 – 4 places per time-slot may be booked by any one or more customers for an Animal Encounter, as available.

Jamala Wildlife lodge

Full prepayment is required at the time of booking. We accept Visa and MasterCard.
Credit Card Surcharge

Like most hotels, Jamala charges a fee of 1.75% for credit cards. Unlike other hotels, we donate the nett proceeds of this to wildlife conservation funds that protect species in the wild, prevent habitat destruction and/or discourage poaching by limiting the trade in wildlife.
Cancellation Fees

  • Prior to Arrival: 60 days or more | Full Refund
  • 30-59 days | 50% of total monies paid will be refunded
  • 29 days or less | All monies will be forfeited

No refund can be given in the event of non-arrival or any unused services due to weather disruption or animal welfare. We recommend that you protect yourself with Travel Insurance. Rates are subject to change without notice.

*Please note that whilst the National Zoo & Aquarium and Jamala Wildlife Lodge endeavour to give guests a memorable experience with our native and exotic animals, fish and reptiles, no guarantees can be given as to what animal interactions may be available and/or how an animal may behave on any given day.

Scrivener Dam, Yarralumla, Canberra, ACT 2611

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

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