• Meerkat Encounter

Meerkats are now at the Darling Downs Zoo !!

Encounters with these wonderful animals are available at 10am, 12.30pm and 3pm each open day.

You enter their enclosure with our experienced keeper and sit on a log or a rock.

Our keeper gives you treats such as mealworms to feed the Meerkats and you can end up with Meerkats on your lap or your shoulder.  Some lucky participants even have photos of a Meerkat standing on their head!  If you are by yourself our keeper is happy to use your camera to take photos of you.  The enclosure is surrounded by a low fence so non-participants can easily photograph you from the outside.

Our keeper is a mine of information about these unique little animals so feel free to ask all the questions that you wish.

Each Encounter lasts until the animals get tired of it - usually about 15 minutes or so.

Bookings are absolutely essential - just email us with your preferred date, time and number of participants.

Unfortunately access to the Meerkat enclosure is not easy so this Encounter is not suited to visitors confined to wheelchairs or with significant mobility issues.

Participants will not be permitted with open footwear or with any obvious health problems such as open sores, persistent coughs or runny noses.

The cost is $100 per person and does not include zoo admission.  A deposit is not required - just pay on arrival.  However, we would appreciate prior notification if you need to transfer or cancel your booking.

As the zoo does not receive any funding from government or council we use every cent earned by this Encounter to support the husbandry of our animals and our participation in captive conservation programs at this zoo.

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10am, 12.30pm & 3pm daily


Only four people will be admitted per encounter

Meerkat Encounter

  • $100.00

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