Zoos and Wildlife
A world of wildlife
From native Australian animals to giant pandas, South Australia is home to wildlife from all around the world. You’ll find zoos and wildlife parks near Adelaide city and in regional areas.
If you are staying in the city, Adelaide Zoo is just a 15 minute walk away from King William Street. If you are taking the kids, try getting there on the Popeye riverboat. It leaves from Elder Park (just near the Adelaide Festival Centre).
The zoo is home to more than 1,800 animals and 300 species of exotic and native mammals, birds, reptiles and fish. Among the residents is the famous panda pair - Wang Wang and Funi. They're Australia’s only giant pandas and the only giant pandas in the southern hemisphere.
The zoo's other major exhibits include the Immersion South East Asian rainforest, Seal Bay, Australian rainforest wetlands walk-through aviary, Nocturnal house, Reptile house, Bug barn, Children's zoo and the Westpac Envirodome.
Free guided walks and daily keeper talks make the zoo a great place to visit. Dine in the bistro or relax on the central lawns. There is a range of gifts and mementos in the gift shop.
The zoo is adjacent to the famous Adelaide Botanic Garden, which is free to visit and walk around.
Meet Wang Wang and Funi
Come face-to-face with the pandas at their fantastic enclosure. The area is as big as two house blocks, with lots of space for the pandas to enjoy.
The kids will love pressing their faces up against the glass. Get them to point out who’s who.
Here's a helpful tip: Wang Wang (male) has a reputation for lazing about in the shade, while Funi (female) is more playful.
Don’t be surprised by how much Wang Wang and Funi eat. Giant pandas must eat for more than 10 hours a day to meet their nutritional needs. That’s a lot of bamboo!
For something special, go on a behind the scenes tour and learn more about the pandas. Prepare their breakfast and help to release them into their day enclosure. One tour also includes a behind the scenes experience at the red panda exhibit and a guided walk around the zoo.
It’s worth experiencing to get the most out of your visit.
Head to Monarto Zoo for a safari experience. Monarto is a 1,000 hectare open range zoo and is home to animals from all over the world. Stroll around the park on the walking trails or take the Zu-Loop Shuttle, which is a free hop-off, hop-on service to all the special Wildlife Viewing Platforms.
See lions, cheetahs, giraffe, African wild dogs and more. Rare animals include black rhinoceros and Prezwelki’s horse.
The zoo offers behind the scenes tours, where small groups can get up close to the animals. Last entry to Monarto Zoo is 3.00pm.
Monarto Zoo is just a short 50 minute drive down the main interstate freeway and only 15 minutes from the mighty Murray River with a range of great accommodation, including bed and breakfasts and houseboats.
Cleland Wildlife Park is located in the Adelaide Hills, only 20 minutes from the city. Cleland has 35 hectares of open bushland habitat, where you can wander amongst Australian wildlife. The animals are used to visitors, so you can feed and pat them. Cleland also offers koala experiences, where you can have your photograph taken with a koala.
See more Australian animals and birds at Gorge Wildlife Park. Located in Cudlee Creek, the park is about a 45 minute drive from Adelaide. See wombats, dingoes, kangaroos and koalas, along with monkeys, alligators, meerkat and ostriches.
Urimbirra Wildlife Park is home to Australian wildlife, including freshwater and saltwater crocodiles, snakes, lizards and wedge-tailed eagles.
When you visit Victor Harbor, take a penguin tour at the Granite Island Recreation and Nature Park. Watch the little penguins make their way to the burrows at dusk, after a day’s fishing. Learn more about the penguins at the island’s Penguin, Marine and Environmental Centre.
South Australia, it’s wild about zoos and wildlife parks.
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