Please be advised we are currently operating under a COVID Management Plan. Some entry restrictions apply. Please visit SA Health Contact Tracing website here for the most up-to-date information regarding South Australians restrictions. We expect to reach our COVID-19 capacity during this period and remind all members and visitors to book date-specific tickets online to avoid disappointment. Find out more here

Zoos SA saddened that it will not reopen under current suggested restrictions

Zoos SA saddened that it will not reopen under current suggested restrictions

Zoos SA would like to provide an update about Adelaide Zoo and Monarto Safari Park’s potential reopening. After careful consultation with the State’s Transition Committee, we find ourselves in a position where will we need to await further easing of restrictions until we can reopen.

With over 40,000 members and visitor numbers often into the thousands per day, we do not believe the Transition Committee’s suggested cap on numbers or the use of a time-slot system at Adelaide Zoo, which would see groups permitted entry at various times of the day, will be workable, safe or fair to our visitors. Our concerns would be that such limited numbers throughout the day would cause difficulty in managing bottlenecks at our entrances and that a time-limit would impinge greatly on visitors’ enjoyment. It is also not financially viable for us as the costs incurred in opening would not allow us to offset our expenditure.

While the current outcome is disappointing and our members will be particularly disappointed by this news, we are grateful for the assistance and consideration shown to Zoos SA by the State Government. Most importantly, this means emergency funding to ensure our critical animal care is maintained.

We keenly await a time when restrictions have eased enough to allow us to reopen in a manner similar to zoos and wildlife parks in most other states. At this stage it appears that this will be on the 3rd July.

We remain hopeful that South Australia’s recovery from the pandemic will continue in its positive manner and that we will see the fast-tracking of restrictions which will see us open sooner rather than later.

We will provide further updates when available.

 

Roll on July when Light Creatures at Adelaide Zoo starts as part of Illuminate Adelaide. https://t.co/XeJnuwopgZ

About Zoos SA

Zoos SA is a not-for-profit conservation charity that exists to connect people with nature and save species from extinction.

Zoos SA acknowledges the Country on which we stand always was, and always will be, Aboriginal land and we pay our deepest respect and gratitude to Kaurna (Adelaide Zoo) and Ngarrindjeri (Monarto Safari Park) Elders, past, present and emerging.

We undertake critical conservation work throughout Australia and acknowledge the traditional custodians of these lands.

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