Animal Encounters

STEP INSIDE AN

ANIMAL'S WORLD

Our animal experiences revolve around the animal, letting it choose how it interacts with you. Your patience will be rewarded as our beautiful animals come to you.

Embark on an extraordinary journey, forging an intimate connection with our Hunter Valley animal family. Picture yourself feeding a majestic lion, playful meerkats upon your lap, or hand-feeding Lemurs – the possibilities are as diverse as the encounters you choose.

Experience the thrill of getting up close with squirrel monkeys, our binturong, giraffes, and endearing common marmosets. Age restrictions and safety conditions apply to all animal encounters, ensuring a secure and memorable experience.

Our Encounters are very popular, so if the specific animal encounter isn't available for your preferred date, fear not! We offer over 24 incredible private animal encounters across our three iconic locations - Mogo, Featherdale Sydney and Hunter Valley Wildlife Parks - check out our sister parks!

CHOOSE YOUR UP-CLOSE ANIMAL ENCOUNTER AT HUNTER VALLEY WILDLIFE PARK

Squirrel Monkey Encounter

A Zoo keeper will be there to answer any questions and tell you all about this fascinating Squirrel Monkeys.Squirrel Monkey Encounters are available at 11am and 3pm and are available for children as young as 10 years old.

Marmoset Encounter

Our bubbly Common Marmosets are jumping with joy to see you!Don't just watch them swinging through the treetops, you'll be able to head into their habitat and become part of the fun!

Lion Encounter

Hunter Valley Wildlife Park Keepers want to take you for an up close and personal experience with our resident African lions! It does not get much more personal than feeding one of the largest predators in the world.

MEERKAT ENCOUNTER

Meerkats are fun and overflowing with personality.  You'll have a chance to observe their complex social structures and unique behaviours up close. 

BLACK & WHITE RUFFED LEMUR ENCOUNTER

Get close to ruffed Lemurs at Hunter Valley Wildlife Park.  These critically endangered primates are a social animal and your encounter might even feature two Lemurs!

Binturong Encounter

Boogle the Binturong is keen to make new friends! Come visit him in the Hunter Valley Wildlife Park for an amazing individual encounter.

Giraffe Feeding Encounter

Enjoy a unique and amazing experience hand-feeding our graceful slender Giraffes under the guidance of a Keeper. Book online before your visit.

Interactive Experiences

NEW! WILDLIFE SUNRISE BREAKFASTS

AVAILABLE  SUNDAYS AT HUNTER VALLEY – STARTS 8AM WILDLIFE SUNRISE is the ultimate new experience at Hunter Valley Wildlife Park. Enjoy unprecedented access to wonderful animals that call our wildlife park home. Our NEW experience includes: Early morning access to the Wildlife Park. Bespoke guided tour from one of our experienced Zookeepers. Hand-feed our magnificent […]

Ostrich Feeding

You'll find camels, ostrich and antelope all in the big paddock.  They're pretty fond of food, so if you stick around a few minutes, we're pretty sure you'll get a visit from a variety of animals.

Camel Feeding

Our friendly Camels love a snack and a pat, but be careful to hold you hand flat as they may get carried away taking the food from your hand.  Purchase animal food from the admissions counter on your way into the park.

Farmyard Friends

The kids will love meeting our adorable farmyard friends! Pat, feed and play with a range of creatures in our walk through farmyard.

Kangaroo Feeding

You can feed Kangaroos and Wallabies every day during opening hours at Hunter Valley Wildlife Park

EDUCATIONAL EXPERIENCES

Keeper for a Day

Don't miss the opportunity for your little animal lover to be a 'zookeeper for a day' this school holidays at Hunter Valley Wildlife Park

ENCOUNTER MORE AT MOGO & FEATHERDALE SYDNEY

EVEN MORE WILDLIFE MOMENTS AWAIT YOU AT FEATHERDALE SYDNEY & MOGO WILDLIFE PARKS

At Featherdale Sydney Wildlife Park, you can follow our bird keeper right into our Little Penguin Enclosure, and hand feed the world's smallest species of penguins whilst you learn more about the behaviour and characteristics of these mesmerising flightless native birds.

Quokkas are well-known as the 'world's happiest animals' with their characteristic grins, and Featherdale is the only place on Australia's East Coast where you can hand-feed these adorable animals

If heading south is more your style, at Mogo Wildlife Park, and you can encounter our magnificent tigers up-close, hand-feed a red panda, and even spend some time face-to-face with a hyena!

As an Ultimate Explorer, you'll be able to choose a complementary encounter for 2 people at any Australian Wildlife Parks location, and there's loads more member benefits for you to enjoy! It's our thank you to you for supporting all the animals that call our parks home.

GIFT CARDS TO MAKE THEM SMILE

SHARE THE WONDERS OF any of our wildlife parks WITH YOUR LOVED ONES

An Australian Wildlife Parks gift card is a great way to treat someone special to a great day out, or why not spoil them even further! You can gift a personalised animal encounter, or even an annual pass to our Explorer Club!

Gift cards are available for Hunter Valley Wildlife Park, Featherdale Sydney Wildlife Park and Mogo Wildlife Park on the South Coast of NSW.

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