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The WAE Foundation is a not-for-profit environmental organisation located in the beautiful Hawkesbury, one hour north west of Sydney, Australia. Our Conservation Centre in Wilberforce, operated by Wild Animal Encounters, is the only one of its kind in Australia that is focused on the preservation and conservation of exotic animal species.

Private Tours of our Centre can be arranged by appointment, with bookings available from Wednesday through to Saturday each week.

These private tours offer the unique opportunity to meet some of our amazing animal ambassadors as you go behind the scenes of our conservation breeding programs.

Learn about the conservation work being carried out by the WAE Foundation and how you can get involved.

Package 1 – Private Tour

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During this one hour tour you will have the opportunity to go behind the scenes and learn about the WAE Foundation’s conservation efforts. A WAE staff member will accompany you throughout your visit which will include:

  • A tour of our small primate conservation breeding complex where you will meet and be photographed with some of our endangered primates.
  • A tour of our tortoise and turtle habitats, and the chance to be photographed with a variety of our exotic reptiles.
  • A visit to our small cat complex to learn about the conservation work we are carrying out in Africa to conserve wild cat populations.
Upon arrival at the Centre you will have the opportunity to discuss with our staff if you would prefer to focus on a particular species or animal group. All tours are individual and tailored to our guests.

For more information or to make a booking please email admin@wildanimalencounters.com.au

Package 2 – Private Tour + Cat Enrichment Walk

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At the completion of your standard private tour you will join WAE staff on an enrichment walk with one of our African Servals.

During this 20 minute encounter, you will stroll the grounds of our Centre alongside WAE staff and our serval. Walk through our 10 acre property and watch as our servals show off their natural stalking behaviour, leaping through grass tussocks and climbing trees only metres away. Sit by the waterhole and watch the serval wade and play at the waters edge.

Wild Animal Encounters is the only place in Sydney where you can get up close with African cats.

This encounter is available throughout the year and bookings are essential.

Upon arrival at the Centre you will have the opportunity to discuss with our staff if you would prefer to focus on a particular species or animal group. All tours are individual and tailored to our guests.

For more information or to make a booking please email admin@wildanimalencounters.com.au