Adelaide Zoo is open under a SA Health COVID Management Plan. You must book a ticket prior to your visit, wear a face mask at all times, and follow our entry restrictions. Read more here.
Male African Lion at Adelaide Zoo
Women staring at Sumatran Tiger during Big Cat Interactive experience at Adelaide Zoo
Male and female African Lions at Adelaide Zoo

Due to COVID-19 restrictions, we have suspended the sale of date-specific tickets to this animal experience until further notice.

If you would like to be the first to know when our animal experiences are available to book again, and for adorable animal content subscribe to our newsletter here.

Feed our hungry cats their meaty lunch!

Ask people what the fiercest animals are at Adelaide Zoo and a lot of them will say big cats! Want to meet them?

Get within a whisker of these awesome predators and experience the thrill of looking an African Lion or Sumatran Tiger in the eye.

Learn all about lion and tiger conservation from our dedicated and knowledgeable keepers and hear stories of the charismatic cats who call Adelaide Zoo home.

Please note the minimum age for this experience is 10 years.

Highlights of this experience

  • Get closer than ever to some of the world’s most awesome predators
  • Hand feed our African Lions and Sumatran Tigers
  • Go behind the scenes and discover the carnivore area

Tigers are the largest living cats in the world, with the Sumatran Tiger being the smallest of the six tiger subspecies.

A lions roar can be heard from as far as eight kilometres away.

The pattern of a tiger’s stripes is unique to each animal, just like fingerprints are to humans. The stripes are found on a tiger’s skin and, if shaved, its distinctive pattern would remain.

How your ticket helps our conservation efforts

One hundred years ago it was estimated that there were 100,000 wild tigers – today the number is thought to be as few as 3,200. The Sumatran Tiger is the last surviving subspecies of tiger in Indonesia and current estimates indicate there is around 300-500 left in the wild with a rapidly decreasing trend due to habitat destruction for unsustainable palm oil plantations and poaching for the illegal wildlife trade.

By purchasing a ticket to our Big Cat Interactive encounter at Adelaide Zoo, you are not only supporting the incredible species in our care, you’re also helping us raise awareness and valuable funds to safeguard their wild cousins. Part of the income generated from our Animal Experiences contributes to the work Zoos SA does in support of a wide number of conservation programs both within and beyond our gates.

Want to get involved? You can help!

Adopt or donate

We’re standing with almost 100 of the world’s foremost conservation organisations to demand deforestation-free… https://t.co/XLBZFisK8j

About Zoos SA

Zoos SA is a not-for-profit conservation charity that exists to connect people with nature and save species from extinction.

Zoos SA acknowledges the Country on which we stand always was, and always will be, Aboriginal land and we pay our deepest respect and gratitude to Kaurna (Adelaide Zoo) and Ngarrindjeri (Monarto Safari Park) Elders, past, present and emerging.

We undertake critical conservation work throughout Australia and acknowledge the traditional custodians of these lands.

 

Sign Up to Our Newsletter

Stay up to date with zoo news and sign up to our Zoo Times eNewsletter