If I book or purchase more than one tour or encounter
- do I get a discount?
We offer online discounts for multiple Tour/Encounter
Bookings. Bookings made over the phone will be at the regular price.
If you are a Silver, Gold or Platinum Member of the Zoo,
you will receive between 15% - 25% off any tour bookings
for both yourself and any accompanying guests. You will
have to phone the Zoo to book, and quote your membership
Can I reserve a place for an encounter without
Full payment is required at the time of the booking, unless you are booking with a Gift Voucher. Once a booking is confirmed it can only by re-scheduled by phoning the zoo and speaking with a staff member. Please refer to our Terms and Conditions.I have a Gift Voucher - how do I make a booking?
I have a Gift Voucher - how do I make a booking?
Depending on the type of Voucher you have - purchased over the counter, or online through our website - click on the appropriate link to redeem your voucher and to make your booking. Red Balloon Vouchers must be redeemed through the Red Balloon website. For Vouchers starting with "S" or "D" you will need to phone the Zoo. Once a booking is confirmed it can only by re-scheduled by phoning the zoo and speaking with a staff member. Please refer to our Terms and Conditions.
What happens if it rains?
A little bit of rain does not interrupt
or prevent an encounter from going ahead. Cheetah enclosures
have under-cover areas to prevent bad weather from interfering
with your experience. In some cases, encounters may be re-scheduled
due to heavy rain or postponed in the case of an electrical
storm, as is legally required. To enquire about re-scheduling
any tour or encounter, you will need to phone the zoo and
talk with our staff. There are fees involved for rescheduling
I am doing the encounter by myself. Can someone
come along with me to take photos?
Give your camera to the Keeper and they will be happy
to take close up photos of you interacting with the Cheetah.
Can I take photos during the Encounter?
Yes, the Cheetah are used to cameras, including
flash, just advise the Keeper before taking them. You can
also bring a video camera if you desire.
Can I watch a friend or family member do the
experience or take photos?
Accompanying guests need to pay general
admission to the Zoo, but cannot be guaranteed a good view
of the encounter. The enclosure is quite large and the cheetah
may be in an area where the view is obscured. You can give
your camera to the Keeper to ensure they get some great
photos inside the enclosure.
Why do you say Doctors advise to limit contact with Cats when pregnant in the Indemnity and Release Form?
All cats, including domestic ones, carry
Toxic Plasmosis in their Faeces, which may cause problems
in the first Trimester of Pregnancy. You should get a Doctors
advice before booking an encounter.
What shoes should I wear?
Flat soled walking shoes are ideal. Please
avoid thongs and high heeled shoes. There is no restiction
on colours in clothing.
My child is mentally/physically disabled,
can s/he do the encounter?
Please view the Terms & Conditions via
the product page of our website. Please also feel free
to phone us with any concerns or queries.
What time should I arrive for my encounter?
Allow at least thirty minutes before the
start time. However, participants are not required to pay
any extra for Zoo admission, so you are encouraged to arrive
as early as you like, and enjoy the park before your encounter.
Do I need to turn off my mobile during the encounter?
It is suggested you turn your mobile off.
If it rings whilst you are inside the enclosure, it may
My friend did the same encounter last month,
will mine be exactly the same?
Animals can behave differently each day,
so each encounter is unique.
My child is under 12 years old, but they are
big for his/her age, can he/she do the Cheetah Encounter?
No. There are very strict age and height requirements
for safety reasons.
Can I wear perfume?
Generally speaking, perfume will not have any effect one way or another.
I have long hair. Should I tie it back before interacting with the cheetahs?
Yes. Long hair should be tied back for safety reasons.
Is the encounter wheelchair accessible?
No. Many of the pathways and access areas used throughout
tours are not accessible to wheelchairs. Please refer
to our Terms and Conditions.
Can I bring my dog into the Zoo?
The National Zoo & Aquarium is an Authorised
Quarantine Site, no pets are allowed on any part of the
grounds, including the car park.