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Monarto Safari Park

Monarto Safari Park is located in Monarto, South Australia. It has been operating since 1983.

The zoo is operated by the Zoological Society of South Australia (Zoos SA) who also operate Adelaide Zoo.

In the 2018-19 financial year 149,000 visitors came to the park.

Attractions

Lions 360

The Lions 360 dome is a steel cage located in the lion enclosure. Guests are taken in to the dome and the lions can walk all around you. While in the dome the lions are feed by their keepers allowing for up close viewing.

Playground

Located at the visitor's centre is a playground allowing children to explore the many elements.

Location

Monarto,

South Australia, Australia

Year Opened

1983

Land Size

1500ha (3706acres)

Number of Animals

500

Number of Species

50

History


Monarto zoo was created in 1983 on land donated by the state government.

Over 150 animals were moved to the 160 ha (395 acres) of paddocks located at the site. All the stock were healthy and soon started breeding. The park was developed as a closed to the public breeding area for endangered species.


In 1990 a fesability study was undertaken to determine the possibilty of allowing the public access to the park.


In 1993 the zoo was opened to the public as an educational facility that was open to the public with bus and walking tours.


The park is surronded with a vermin proof fence that was built by a commonwealth jobskill project that was completed in March 1993.

In 2017 the park opened the lions 360 experience.

The next feature of the park will be Wild Africa. This area will expand the park to be the largest safari experience outside of Africa. It will also include accomodation to stay overnight and a lemur walkthrough experience. The park is also developing a new visitor centre.

Star Animals


Giraffe herd

The zoo boasts the largest giraffe herd in Australia.


Zuri

Zuri was the first chimpanzee born at Monarto Zoo when she came into the world on August 21st 2012. Her life so far has been turned into a book by the zoo.

Main Exhibits


Monarto Safari Park is explored by bus with a guide providing commentary while on-board. On the bus route are stops where visitors can disembark and view the animals for a longer period of time. These stops are listed below.


The stops are also accessible by a network of walking trails.


Chimpanzee habitat

The zoo has Australia’s largest chimpanzee habitat at 3000sqm. It features a large area of natural mallee, climbing facilities and a 2 story indoor playroom.


Carnivore Platform

At the African lion and painted dog viewing platform visitors get an elevated view of the zoo’s lion pride, African hunting dogs and spotted hyenas.


Giraffe Viewing platform

From the giraffe viewing platform it is possible to see the large groups of giraffe, zebra and ostrich which roam the expansive savannah. On the other side of the platform is a habitat for a group of nyala.


Rhino Boma

The rhino boma is where you can get up close views of the park’s southern white rhino. This stop also provides access to the cheetah platform.


Visitor Centre

In the visitor centre guests can see smaller animals such as lizards and insects. Outside are habitats for African crested porcupines, meerkats and a group of yellow-footed rock wallabys.

References

Monarto Safari Park Website - https://www.monartosafari.com.au/

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