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Cheetah Encounter at the National Zoo - Weekend

Canberra, ACT - Show on map
National Zoo & Aquarium

Cheetah Encounter at the National Zoo - Weekend


  • Meet and pat a fully grown cheetah at Canberra's National Zoo and Aquarium
  • Includes full day admission to explore the wonders of the park

Get up close and personal with a cheetah at Canberra's National Zoo and Aquarium. Enter the enclosure with an experienced zoo keeper and enjoy the rare opportunity to meet and pat one of these amazing creatures. This experience also includes full day entry to explore the wonders of the park.

What's Included?

  • Cheetah encounter
  • Day entry to National Zoo and Aquarium

Ever dreamt you might be able to handle some of the world's most amazing wildlife? Cheetahs are the fastest land animal in the world, running up to 110km an hour, and in the wild they are found only in Africa. Canberra's National Zoo and Aquarium offers one of the most amazing animal experiences in Australia - the opportunity to have hands-on contact with one of these majestic big cats. During your cheetah encounter, you will be in the same enclosure as an unrestrained fully grown adult cheetah. An experienced zookeeper will be with you to answer your questions and guide you as you meet and pat this incredible animal. Spend the rest of the day exploring the park, coming face to face with native Aussie icons and exotic creatures. There's also a cafe, bistro, several picnic areas and complimentary BBQ facilities for your convenience.

Session Length

  • The cheetah encounter goes for 15 minutes however participants do not have to pay extra for zoo entry and can stay the whole day
  • Please arrive at least 30 minutes prior to your encounter time
  • Available Saturday and Sunday only, excluding public holidays
  • Book at least three weeks in advance, subject to availability


  • Minimum age is 14 years
  • Children under 16 years must be accompanied by a paying adult on the experience
  • Visitors must have good mobility and be able to understand and follow directions
  • As there is contact with cats, pregnant women need to speak with their doctors advice prior to making a booking
  • Participants are required to arrive at least 30 minutes before encounter time
  • Full Terms and Conditions are available on the National Zoo website


  • Change your booking up to 7 days before the start time of your experience
  • Changes are not permitted within 7 days of your experience
  • Late arrivals or no shows may result in you forfeiting your experience

Numbers on the Day

Up to two people per encounter.


Encounters run in all weather, excluding electrical storms or high winds.

Dress Code

Closed toe shoes required No animal print or neon colours No loose clothing

National Zoo and Aquarium is located five minutes from Canberra CBD.

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