(8 customer reviews)

From: $60.00

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.


8 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.

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