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Adelaide Zoo is the second oldest zoo in Australia that is operated on a non-profit basis and is the home for more than 2500 animals from 250 species.
Adelaide Zoo, the Australian Panda Home
The Adelaide Zoo was first opened on 23 May 1883 on a 16 acres land that was granted by the government. Two years later, the flamingo exhibit was opened, and is one of the few that still remains in the same position to date. The zoo also took part in the export of live birds, even though the zoo just gained the public credibility and scientific status after the restructuration in 1962. The zoo was then changed, where animals are grouped together as they would in their own natural habitat. The zoo was also designed to be separated according to the region. Adelaide Zoo has a particular focus on species from South America, India, Africa, Australia and South East Asia. Even though some of the buildings were listed as heritage sites, they are no longer used for the animals. For example is the Former Elephant House that is now used for educational purpose.
The best way to explore the Adelaide Zoo is by joining the Walkabout tours, where you will be given with a free guided tour that tells you about the history of the zoo, the animals, and ways to protect the wildlife. If you have a whole day to spend, you can also try to be a keeper for a day, where you will be involved in feeding the animals, undertaking health checks, and preparing the exhibitions. There is also a similar program for children called the Junior Keeper that can be joined by kids of 10 years old or older. You can also join the behind the scenes programs that will let you meet the panda, red pandas, primates, hippos, or the tigers. Adelaide Zoo offers a lot of interactive programs that you can join to learn more about your favorite animal as well.
The Wild Nights is a special program designed for those who want to try to have an overnight stay at the Adelaide Zoo. The program is suitable of any age older than 6. In the program, you will be exploring the zoo on a night safari, sleeping in a tent on the rooftop garden that overlook Adelaide Zoo, and listen to the sounds of the wonderful animals inside the zoo at night. Aside from those activities, you will also get a gourmet BBQ dinner, breakfast, and a free Panda and Friends Behind the Scenes experience. The Wild Nights program is also available for private group with the minimum number of 14 participants.
Adelaide Zoo has been known as an experienced place for any events. Located not far from the central business district, Adelaide Zoo is an oasis from the busy city life. There are some venues available for any events. Those are the Bamboo Forest Pavilion that is perfect for dine and wine, the Central Lawns that is the most flexible function space, the Immersion Longhouse that offers a unique jungle view, and others. You can also have an unforgettable experience with your friends by joining the customized experiences.
How to Get Tickets?
Tickets can be bought online, where you can get extra deals and discounts. A one day pass ticket is available and will be valid for 12 months from date of purchase, while if you are planning to just stay for a while, you can buy the Two Zoos Pass that will give you the access to Adelaide Zoo and Monarto Zoo. The Two Zoos Pass will be valid for 3 months from the date of purchase. Another option is to buy the unlimited access that is valid for 12 months. You will also get to enter most major zoos in Australia and special discounts on the Adelaide and Monarto Zoos.
How To Get Around?
To get around, you will have to go by foot. However, some walkways and trails are accessible by those with wheelchairs. It is suggested to refer to the map of the zoo when you are getting around knowing the location that only has stair case.
What Should I Wear?
There is no recommendation on what to wear to visit the Adelaide Zoo. It is recommended to check the weather before you go and wear comfortable clothes for a long walk.
Best Time to Visit
It is better to go in the summer, though it can be very crowded during peak season and on the weekends. It is suggested to go in the morning and prepare the whole day if you want to attend the feeding times and the bird shows.
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Will I Need a Guide?
You can go and explore the Adelaide Zoo by yourself, but if you want to know more about the animals, then you can join the free guided tour provided by the volunteers. The tour departs every half hour every day from 10 AM to 3 PM, each on different locations, and only takes half an hour. For the complete schedule, you can check the official website of the zoo.
How To Get There?
If you are driving your own car, the entrance can be accessed via Frome Road or Plane Tree Drive. There are also some parking spaces available nearby, but not at the grounds of the zoo. If you are going by bus, then you can take bus number 271 or 273 from Currie Street and stop directly outside the zoo.