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Animal encounters for all the family these school holidays at Halls Gap Zoo

24 Jun 2019 by Amanda Cochran

Make your visit to the Halls Gap Zoo extra special this school holidays with an up close and personal experience with one of the main attractions! From curious red pandas, cheeky meerkats and slippery snakes to a cuddly wombat, graceful giraffe and even a rumbling rhino! There's plenty of options to have a zoo trip you and the family will never forget - but don't forget to book ahead!

For the littlies...

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Snake Encounter - Ages 2 and up

This is a great way to introduce anyone to snakes. Whether it’s a young child or adult, the zoos collection of relaxed Pythons teamed with the knowledgeable Keepers is enough for anyone to learn to appreciate these stunning creatures. Learn fascinating facts as the keepers explain their amazing ability to adapt to their surrounds.


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Lizard Encounter - Ages 3 and up

Enjoy an opportunity to get up close with one of the many Australian lizards in the collection at Halls Gap Zoo. There are nearly 700 named species of lizard in Australia, learn all about their remarkable lives, where they live, what they eat and the amazing way they control body temperatures. Meeting lizards in a controlled environment is the perfect treat for the little reptile fanatics in your family.


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Tortoise Encounter - Ages 5 and up

Meet a Tortoise! Being made up of half shell and bone you will get a true understanding of the pure weight and muscle behind these fascinating creatures, basically unchanged since the dinosaurs.


For the bigger kids...

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Rhino Encounter - Ages 6 and up

The Rhino Rumble has arrived!

Experience the rumble first hand and spend a beautiful moment with a 2 tonne Southern White Rhino.

In this shared experience you get to join the keepers as they head down to the Rhino yards for their daily interactions with Kifaru.

The activity of this exciting encounter changes daily, you could be joining him for an afternoon scratch and a chat, perhaps you are helping the keepers feed him his afternoon diet, you could even indulge him with a spa treatment and help give him a mud bath!



Red Panda Encounter - Ages 9 and up

The cutest encounter yet!

Halls Gap Zoo is now offering you the opportunity to get closer to these handsome boys then you have ever dreamed possible! Once they know you have their favourite lunchtime snacks, they will be eating out of your hand in no time.

This is the only Red Panda encounter in Victoria. Limited places are available so don’t miss out!


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Meerkat Encounter - Ages 9 and up

Get up close and personal with the delightful Meerkats. You will have the opportunity to feed these wonderful creatures as they clamber and climb all over you to eat their meal.