(21 customer reviews)

From: $90.00

Our cutest encounter yet!

We are now offering you the opportunity to get closer to these handsome boys then you have ever dreamed possible! Once they know you have their favourite lunchtime snacks, they will be eating out of your hand in no time.

This is the only Red Panda encounter in Victoria. Limited places are available so don’t miss out and book your spot today.

Terms & Conditions

  • Online bookings need to be made 24 hours in advance, for today’s availability please contact the zoo on 03 5356 4668
  • Minimum 9 years of age.
  • Price does not include general admission but includes photos that we will email to you.
  • All encounters are subject to availability.
  • All participants must follow all instructions given by Halls Gap Zoo staff, failure to do so may result in a shortened session.
  • Participants may be asked to cease the encounter at any time for whatever reason at Zoo staff’s discretion.
  • Red Pandas are alpine animals, during hot weather they may choose not to interact with guests.
  • Animals respond in different ways to different people and external factors, we cannot control this and experiences may vary.


21 reviews for Red Panda Encounter

  1. Nathan

    Girlfriend and I did this and it was great. You sit on a seat and get given some bamboo to feed them, as well as some fruit to hand feed them. Our Red Panda climbed all over us and wasn’t shy at all. Worth the money.

  2. Hannah

    It was a great experience and I recommend it to anyone who wants to feed and cuddle an adorable red panda

  3. Jorja Testa (verified owner)

    I surprised my son for his 9th birthday with this encounter. He has been obsessed with red pandas for years now and this did not disappoint. We got to sit and feed the gorgeous red panda while he crawled all over us, making himself comfortable on our laps. We felt relaxed and so well taken care of throughout our experience. Thank you for allowing me the chance to give my son the best birthday ever!! This is a truly incredible experience that you guys offer. I would recommend it to anyone and everyone.

  4. lependa (verified owner)

    We were thrilled to feed and pat this most adorable fellow. Certainly a memory we will cherish forever.

  5. Jackie (verified owner)

    My daughter loved her Red Panda encounter with the adorable Shardul. Happiest day of her life apparently.

  6. James S (verified owner)

    This was amazing. Our panda was adorable and the keeper very knowledgeable and also took great photos. I don’t normally write reviews but this was worthwhile. Just a heads up – some of the reviews here talk about cuddling and patting the pandas however the keepers mentioned that this could traumatise them; please be careful and follow the instructions of the keepers.

  7. Victoria Jackson (verified owner)

    My 10 year old did this and he has said he’d give it 100 stars. Adorable Panda was very obliging climbing on his lap and eating from his hand. Totally worth it.

  8. Ros S (verified owner)

    I’ve done this encounter twice now and loved every minute of it both times. For my first encounter I was lucky enough to be able to feed both Red Pandas! They are adorable and will crawl over you and eat out of your hand.

  9. Sherold Kelleher

    Such an experience. I have loved Red Pandas for years and to actually have one sitting with me, was very special

  10. Lucy (verified owner)

    Shardul was so cute and he was climbing all over me and he tried to stick his head into the pouch with all the food in it. I absolutely loved the red pandas and I’m just nine so Im just old enough to do the encounter I’ve always loved red pandas they are my favourite animal. We have some
    Awesome photos that dan took and I would recommend the red panda encounter

  11. Shayne (verified owner)

    I got my son and I a red panda encounter for Christmas, we had the best animal encounter ever with the adorable Mohan, he was literally eating out of hands and climbing all over our laps, I got the biggest bear hug from son, he said this was the best day of his life.
    I would recommend this Awesome red panda encounter.

  12. Denise Dowie (verified owner)

    To have a close encounter with Mohan the Red Panda was the most special, relaxing experience I have had in a very long time. He was so gentle walking back and forth over our knees as he enjoyed his fruit treats out of our hands. So soft and fluffy! Thank you to the Zoo & keepers for this experience.

  13. Josh (verified owner)

    Absolutely awesome experience. Highly recommend.

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    loved it!

  15. Rory (verified owner)

    Boyfriend and I got to experience a wonderful encounter with Mohan! He climbed all over our laps and eagerly ate treats out of our hands. Very grateful to have experienced this.

  16. Elsa (verified owner)

    An amazing experience and one my 9 year old daughter will never forget, and says is the best thing she has done ever!

  17. Jarred morrison

    Absolutely brilliant experience!! Got to hand feed him, let him walk over our laps, couldn’t be friendlier! He even happily posed for pics! Zoo staff were terrific, telling us all about the red pandas. Highly recommended.

  18. Alessa Nielsen (verified owner)

    Such an amazing experience! It was a dream to meet Mohan. Thank you to the amazing zoo keepers and Halls Gap Zoo for the educational and once in a lifetime opportunity.

  19. David Lenton

    Amazing! We will be back to do this encounter again asap. The keeper was friendly and informative and took great photos. I recommend this encounter and the zoo in general to everyone.

  20. Kris

    This red panda experience is the best, my husband and I can’t stop talking about it. Jade (the keeper) was friendly and happy to answer any questions. We didn’t feel rushed, the hardest part was resisting the urge to touch the fluff. We loved every minute of them running across us, if you wear short sleeves you will feel the beautiful coat on your arms.
    Would recommend to anyone and everyone.

  21. Stacey Anderson

    My sister and I absolutely loved our experience meeting beautiful Mohan today. The zoo keeper was very friendly and his photos were great. So much fun to get to interact with a red panda as they are both of our favourite animal. Would definitely recommend for others to do this as well.

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