National Zoo & Aquarium

30 minutes with 3 unrestrained cheetah brothers!

Hear the purring of the engines of the fastest animals on earth….

The objective:

We want you to walk away with a sense of wonder, along with the knowledge that so much can be done to assist cheetahs in the wild. Your zookeepers will take you on a journey combining adventure, knowledge and interaction with our cheetahs. Hearing the purr of a cheetah is a special experience!

The experience

Meet our 3 Cheetah Boys and their zookeepers as we see to their morning care and enrichment. This 30-minute encounter allows a unique insight as you step into their territory and interact with this big cat entirely on their terms. See cheetah playtime from the inside as keepers bring in some favourite enrichments and be entranced by their curiosity and inquisitiveness. At all times a keeper will be with you to explain their unique personalities and guide you through any interactions the cheetahs choose to engage in.

The impact:

By the time you finish one of these encounters, the adventure you have experienced will be on a par with the knowledge you have gained. Apart from having learnt all the fascinating information about cheetahs and their special idiosyncrasies, you will also know how you and your future generations can assist in taking care of our planet and animal habitats.

If you loved cheetahs and big cats before you arrive at the zoo, you will be totally inspired by their history, evolvement and capabilities by the time you leave. You will also know what little things you and your family can do that will help conserve them in the wild.

The reason:

 Cheetah numbers have declined rapidly and it is estimated that about 7,000 cheetahs remain in the wild, down from an estimated 80,000. Their main threats are habitat loss and human/wildlife conflict. Their survival in game parks is difficult, as these are often over-populated with lions, leopards and hyena, all of which are threats to the cheetah population.

The outcome – $1,000,000!!

 Through tour and encounter revenue, during the last 3 years the National Zoo and Aquarium and Jamala Wildlife Lodge have donated over $1,000,000 in cash and kind to various animal conservation and welfare groups, along with charities, in Australia and worldwide. Your support of the encounters helps us maintain this and you can also donate directly to a number of animal causes by clicking on the link.

Special notes

You will be entering the home of our resident animals, so please understand that they have the right to participate or not participate in any encounter and their wishes will always take priority. The animals are not restrained in any way and are free to leave the encounter if they choose.

You will learn about the animals, their habits, habitats, special abilities and their vulnerability in the wild and how you can help them

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


The Complete Cheetah Experience


DAYS Everyday
TIME 10:00am
DURATION 30 minutes
MAXIMUM PEOPLE 2 (up to 4 people can be accommodated in a single booking and at a discounted rate)
COST $350 weekday or $400 weekends and public holidays per person
MINIMUM AGE 16 years
Restrictions Please see Meet a Cheetah Terms & Conditions
Questions? Please see our FAQs
Scrivener Dam, Yarralumla, Canberra, ACT 2611

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

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We are thrilled to extend to you an invitation to a unique event that allows a rare glimpse into the exclusive, Jamala Wildlife Lodge! 

We are delighted to announce our inaugural "Open Day" at Jamala Wildlife Lodge, where we invite guests to enjoy the exclusive opportunity to explore our award winning Jamala Wildlife Lodge, without the necessity of a prior reservation. This event will provide you with an insider's view of our luxurious rooms, lounge and dining facilities, allowing you to immerse yourself in the distinctive African style charm, and elegance of our lodge.

Sunday the 26th, Monday the 27th of May and Sunday the 2nd June 2024.

Click here to make your booking!