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.

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

 

Meet our three brand new cheetah cubs for a once in a lifetime experience!

The National Zoo & Aquarium are delighted to announce the arrival of three Cheetah cubs from South Africa. The cubs arrived in the middle of the Covid-19 lockdown in the ACT and have been settling in for the last few weeks. Now the three brothers, Asani, Zambi and Viking are ready to meet you in an incredible limited-time encounter. You will enter the enclosure with the three unrestrained Cheetah cubs and get to have a hands on experience meeting this bachelor group!

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.

Meet a Cheetah
Days Everyday
Time 1:20pm
Maximum People 2 people
Minimum Age 15 years - Under the age of 18 needs to be accompanied by a paying adult
Length 10-15 minutes
Cost for Meet-a-Cheetah $150 per person weekdays or $175 weekend and public holidays
Cost to Greet-a-Cheetah-Cub $195 per person weekdays or $225 weekends and public holidays
Zoo Entry Fee Free
Book the Meet-a-Cheetah Book an encounter today
Book to Greet-a-Cheetah-Cub Meet the cubs!
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

We are open every day except Christmas day 9.30am until 5.00pm

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