Monarto Zoo, Monarto

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Monarto Zoo is the largest open-range zoo in the world spanning more than 1,000 hectares of fauna and flora and the only zoological park to be completely power neutral.

Owned and operated by Zoos South Australia Monarto Zoo opened in 1983 as a closed special purpose breeding facility. After officially opening to the public in October 1993, Monarto Zoo has evolved into a true biopark representing a unique blend of a conservation and zoological park. Its principle purpose is to provide a place for the conservation of Australian and exotic wildlife, public recreation and education.

Monarto Zoo is located 45 minutes (70 kilometres) from South Australia's capital city, Adelaide, and is the gateway to the picturesque Murraylands region. The zoo is open every day of the year from 9:30am to 5:00pm and focuses on African and Australian animals. The zoology and botany of these continents is reflected in the zoo’s major exhibits; Chimpanzee, Cheetah, African Painted Dog and Lion viewing platforms, Southern White Rhinoceros Boma viewing area, African Waterhole viewing platform and Yellow-footed Rock-wallaby walk-through exhibit.
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  • Monarto Zoo is very well set up to accommodate families, singles & the elderly as you can choose to tour the zoo entirely by bus (they run every half hour) or combine the bus with walking tours. Sever...  more »
  • First time visitors and came away educated and impressed.Places like Monarto may ensure your grandchildren actually get to see a Rhino or a Cheetah in the future Many highlights include Giraffe wander...  more »
  • Fantastic day. Easy to get around either part walking and then a bus or in the bus. Get there for the keeper talks for different animal, this makes the experience that much better. Great seeing the larger groups of individual species and how they interact with each other. The zoo is doing fantastic conservation/breeding work. So enjoyed today with 6mth old, 2 1/2 yr old, and three adults. Wonderful, informative volunteers made the day really special. Thank we'll be back.
  • Great day, though the hot summer weather has taken its toll on the landscape. The gorilla enclosure was really good, the African section with the giraffes is my favourite and the new lion viewing enclosure, where the humans are caged, is great. The baby rhino was delightful. Well done to Monarto for their work in animal conservation.

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