Meet a Cheetah: Meetah?!
Did you know if you go to the National Zoo & Aquarium in Australia, you can meet a cheetah? Wow, I didn’t! Here’s the information direct from their website:
….the friendliest of the big cats.
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.
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.
HOW MUCH FOR SUCH A GREAT EXPERIENCE?
The Meet A Cheetah experience costs $165 per person.
Participants need not pay for Zoo entry on the day of their encounter, so have all day access to the Zoo and its facilities.
There is a maximum of 2 people per encounter to ensure safety and an optimal experience.
Discounts apply for online bookings.
CAN I TAKE PHOTOS?
Bring your camera and take as many photos as you like. If you are booking an experience by yourself, one of the zookeepers
directing the encounter will be more than happy to take photos for you.
WHEN CAN I MEET A CHEETAH?
Meet A Cheetah operates daily, between 2 and 3 pm. Meeting times are in 15 minute intervals and a maximum of 2 people go into the enclosure with the Keeper per session. At peak times, extra sessions may be opened up in the mornings. Places are strictly limited and bookings are essential.
ARE THERE ANY RESTRICTIONS?
You must be a minimum of 1.5 metres tall and at least 12 years old to meet the cheetah.
Prior to a booking being made, the National Zoo & Aquarium must be made aware of any disability
that may prevent someone from understanding directions, could result in unpredictable behavior, or that
interferes with a persons mobility. If you are pregnant you should consult your doctor before interacting with
cats of any type.
Here’s another “meetah” opportunity from that part of the world, the Wellington Zoo in New Zealand:
CHEETAH CLOSE ENCOUNTER
Experience the thrill of an interactive Cheetah Encounter at Wellington Zoo. Find out what a cheetah smells like, how their fur feels and what they sound like when they purr. Go into our special intimate encounter space and meet the cheetahs. Our zoo keepers will tell you why these animals are endangered and what you can do to help them.
Learn all about our cheetahs Charlie and Delta and the role they play as ambassadors for their species. This is a hands-on encounter under strict supervision from our expert staff.
Age: You must be at least 14 years old and 1.4 metres tall. If you are under 18, you’ll need to be accompanied by a paying adult.
Time: Please refer to the calendar below for available dates. Weekday cheetah encounters are at 2.30pm and weekends at 11.30am and 2.30pm.
Cost: $150 per person (GST incl.)
Participants: Minimum 2 people, maximum 4
Duration: 30 minutes
10% of all proceeds raised from Close Encounters support conservation projects through the Wellington Zoo Conservation Fund.
On-site function Cheetah Encounter
Enjoy a function or a special party your guests will never forget at the Zoo with a group cheetah encounter.
Due to the nature of working with wild animals, Wellington Zoo cannot guarantee that all animals and exhibits specified will be available. Bookings for all Close Encounters must be made in advance. Contact us for more information.