Time: 10:30am daily
Duration: 30 mins
Min. age: 12 years
Min. height: 1.4m
Price: $149.99 per person (Excludes zoo admission)
Members price: $134.99
Max. guests per session: 4

Hand feed a lion in the heart of Western Sydney

Experience Sydney’s only lion encounter and get behind the scenes with our three lion brothers. During this NEW encounter, you will get the chance to go behind the scenes, hand feed our lions and learn all about this majestic species from our expert zookeepers. A Sydney Zoo lion encounter makes a memorable family activity and is perfect for families with older children. Book early to avoid disappointment as only four lucky people will get the chance to feed our lions each day.

How to book

Fill out the Experiences Enquiry Form below, call us on (02) 7202 2560, or email our team at experiences@sydneyzoo.com to reserve your spot now.


  • Please check-in at the information desk at the zoo entrance at least 30 minutes prior to your scheduled encounter time. Encounters go ahead on time as scheduled.
  • Lion encounter bookings do not include zoo entry. Please ensure you purchase an entry ticket or book your visit in the My Account portal.
  • As a covid safe precaution, a face mask is required to be worn at all times during the encounter.
  • Anyone aged 16 or over will need to show a government-approved proof of COVID-19 vaccination or medical contraindication form to participate in the encounter.
  • Lion encounters are held once per day at 10:30am for a maximum group size of 4.
  • Minimum age of 12 and minimum height of 1.4m applies. All children must be comfortable in the presence of animals.
  • All participants up to 16 years must be accompanied by a parent or guardian.
  • The encounter runs in all weather conditions. We recommend wet weather attire on wet days. Sydney Zoo reserves the right to cancel the encounter in extreme weather conditions.
  • Lion encounter inclusions: A keeper talk, one-on-one lion feed and photo taken by our zookeeper with your phone.
  • Fitness requirements: You should be able to stand and move freely and be able to walk up a slight gradient over non-sealed surfaces.
  • This encounter is not suitable for wheelchairs or people with compromised mobility. Other encounters are available for people with compromised mobility. Please call us on 02 7202 2560 to discuss what other encounters may be suitable.
  • Clothing requirements: For your comfort and safety, please wear enclosed footwear suitable for varied surfaces and to provide safety in the habitat. Visually ostentatious garments (i.e. costumes, novelty hats etc.) are not permitted.
  • Guests will be required to agree to encounter rules and sign a waiver form on the day.
  • Encounter bookings are non-refundable. Any changes to your booking must be made at least 7 days prior to your visit date. Please call us on 02 7202 2560

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