Cheetah Encounter at the National Zoo - Weekend

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Get up close and personal with these amazing African cats. Go into the enclosure with our unrestrained Cheetah and pat and play with them!

What's Included?

Ever dreamed you might be able to handle some of the world's most amazing wildlife? Cheetahs are the fastest land animal in the world, and in the wild they are found only in Africa. 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 cats. During your Meet A Cheetah experience, you will be in the same enclosure as the unrestrained cheetahs. At all times an experienced zookeeper will be with you to answer your questions and guide you as you interact with this incredible animal.

Session Length

The encounter goes for 15 minutes; however participants do not have to pay extra for Zoo entry, So you can spend the whole day at the Zoo, please arrive at least ½ hour prior to your encounter time. Book at least 3 weeks in advance, subject to availability.


  • Min age is 15 years old
  • Visitors must have good mobility and be able to understand and follow directions
  • Children aged 15 must be accompanied by a paying adult on the experience
  • As there is contact with cats, pregnant women need to speak with their doctors advice prior to making a booking
  • Full Terms & Conditions are available on the National Zoo website


Rescheduling notice required a minimum of 7 days prior, $5 fee per person. Within 7 days, 100% fee. Participants are required to be at the Zoo a minimum of ½ hour prior to booked time.


In the event that you cancel your animal encounter or tour, the following cancellation rules apply:

  • If a minimum of 7 days’ notice prior to your confirmed date is given, participants may reschedule to another date, or get a voucher to rebook, for a $5 fee per person
  • Bookings cancelled within 7 days of your confirmed date will incur a 100% cancellation fee. If you miss your experience as a result of being late or not showing up, it will be treated as a cancellation and you will forfeit any monies paid and you will not be rescheduled

Numbers on the Day

Up to 2 people per encounter


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

Dress Code

Closed toe shoes essential, casual wear.

Other Info

Participant rescheduling notice required a minimum 24 hours prior $5 fee. Within 24 hours $20 fee.

National Zoo & Aquarium. Located about 5 minutes drive from centre of Canberra