National Zoo & Aquarium

The ultimate all day wildlife experience!

We believe this experience is the most hands-on and interactive approach to conservation education anywhere in the world. You will spend the majority of your day working very closely with many of our larger and more dangerous animals. These activities are vitally important, fun and enriching for these animals. This unique encounter is once-in-a-lifetime and is not something an average zoo visitor would have the opportunity to see or experience.

The WOW  Tour visits the majority of our animals—activities may include*

  • Enjoy a gourmet morning tea and lunch^ served at exclusive locations around the zoo
  • Meeting and feeding our gorgeous Red Panda
  • Patting the amazing Rhinos
  • Interacting with our Meerkats
  • Helping to train our Tree Kangaroos
  • Visiting our off-display reptile collection
  • Interacting with a cheetah and seeing this amazing animal up close
  • Hiding breakfast for our Sun Bears
  • Designing food puzzles for our monkeys to  solve
  • Meeting our amazing giraffes
  • Meeting and feeding Lions and Tigers and Bears! Oh my!

^As your gourmet morning tea and lunch is provided, you will be asked to select from a menu on arrival. Sample Menu

*While every attempt is made to include these animals during your day we cannot guarantee it, or the outcome/level of interaction—due to unforeseen circumstances (eg off display due to veterinary matter or enclosure maintenance), behaviour of the animals, or simply running out of time during the busy schedule.


Walk on the Wildside
Days Everyday. Please allow at least 14 days advance notice
Time 8.00am
Maximum People Up to 4 people
Minimum Age 12 years (note: there is a minimum age of 15 to participate in the Meet a Cheetah session)
Length 7 hours
Cost $695 for the first person, then $450 for any other person included in your booking
Zoo Entry Fee Free
Booking Book an encounter today
Restrictions Please see Things You Need To Know
Questions? Please see our FAQs
“It was a fabulous experience. The tour guide was very knowledgeable and had a terrific sense of humour.”
Scrivener Dam, Yarralumla, Canberra, ACT 2611

We will be open from the 30th of May 9.30am until 5.00pm

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