This impressive zoo is the second oldest one in Australia and stretches over 8 hectares. It is thus only natural that a lot of the features of the zoo are of architectural importance and heritage listed, e.g. the former Elephant House.
Although old in origin the zoo is very modern when it comes to the animals’ enclosures. Instead of looking through iron bars we now view the animals through huge glass panels. It makes for a much more authentic experience for us humans. The zoo is home to more than a thousand animals. With such a huge variety on display there is sure to be a favourite for everybody.
For the little ones there is a great place where they can get really close to the animals called the Children’s Zoo. The goats and deer can be fed with special food available from the gatekeeper.
Currently (2008) the zoo is beehive of activity. The old Ape Block (the one with the red brick walls) is being transformed into the Westpac Enviro Dome. This facility will feature an environmental interpretation centre. Another hugely anticipated event for which the zoo is readying itself is the arrival of two giant pandas from China in 2009.
Facilities include toilets, café, vending machines, souvenir shop, ATM and eftpos. There is also disabled access and ample parking.
Location: Frome Road, Adelaide.
Open daily: 9.30am to 5pm
Entrance fees apply.