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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.

Boat rides with Popeye Motor Launches, River Torrens, South Australia

If you are staying in the city, Adelaide Zoo is close. It’s walking distance 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).

Adelaide Zoo

Adelaide Zoo is home to 1,800 animals. Don’t miss Wang Wang and Funi, Australia’s only giant pandas and the only giant pandas in the southern hemisphere. For something special, go on a behind the scenes tour and learn more about the pandas.

Adelaide Zoo is a 15 minute walk from the centre of Adelaide, and adjacent to the famous Adelaide Botanic Garden. Free guided walks and daily keeper talks make this a special experience. Dine in the bistro or relax on the central lawns. There is a range of gifts and mementos in the gift shops.

Monarto Zoo

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.

Wildlife parks

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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