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Cleland Wildlife Park, Adelaide Hills

Zoos and wildlife in Adelaide and South Australia

See animals from all over the world at the Adelaide Zoo or go on safari at Monarto. See native wildlife in parks and reserves.

Adelaide Zoo

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 Fu Ni. They're Australia’s only giant pandas and the only breeding giant pandas in the southern hemisphere.

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. The zoo is adjacent to the famous Adelaide Botanic Garden, which is free to visit and walk around.

Giant pandas at the Adelaide Zoo

Wang Wang and Fu Ni are the only breeding giant pandas in the southern hemisphere.

Meet Wang Wang and Fu Ni

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 (the male) has a reputation for lazing about in the shade, while Fu Ni (the female) is much more playful. 

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.

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 wildlife viewing platforms. See lions, cheetahs, giraffe, African wild dogs and more. Rare animals include black rhinoceros and Prezwelki’s horse.

Monarto Zoo is just a short 50 minute drive down the main interstate freeway. It's also only 15 minutes from the mighty Murray River, which has 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 among 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.

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.

See a list of zoos and wildlife parks below.

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Step into our backyard where wildlife reigns supreme. Walk our city laneways or pluck oysters fresh from the sea. Start your holiday in Adelaide, and get closer to the real Australia.

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