Zoos SA is a conservation-based charity with more than 41,000 members. Since 1878, we’ve long been established as a treasured part of the community representing a significant part of South Australia’s heritage and social history. Since Adelaide Zoo first opened to the public in 1883, generations of South Australians have shared the wonder of our zoos.
We’re a charitable conservation society that exists to save species from extinction and connect people with nature.
It’s a mission that’s easy to become passionate about! We strive to improve the quality of life for both animals and people so both can continue to thrive together.
Our vision is to lead and achieve long-term conservation change through our internationally renowned sites, Adelaide Zoo and Monarto Zoo, and through our programs and people.
At the heart of our business lie the core values that inspire the strength of our purpose:
We inspire and influence through our valuable conservation efforts and recognise success.
We focus on clearly defined shared goals and support people to achieve them.
We seek creative ways to achieve goals and promote a culture of learning and improving.
We are guided by our values and deliver on our promises.
We respect individual’s values and encourage a culture of collaboration, listening and trust.
Zoos SA proudly run Australia’s second oldest zoo, Adelaide Zoo. It’s a relaxing green city oasis and vibrant sanctuary that gives you the feeling of stepping into another world. It’s full of diversity, colour and unique things to see and do. It offers an intimate zoo experience speckled with elements of curiosity, fantasy, fun and surprise. More than 3,000 exotic and native animals call Adelaide Zoo home and enjoy eight hectares of beautiful botanic surrounds.
Also operated by Zoos SA, Monarto Zoo is Australia’s largest open range zoo. It’s grown from humble beginnings since it was first established as a breeding and pasture area in 1983. Ten years later it opened to the public and is now home to over 500 animals roaming in amazing vistas. It’s an escape from the city that immerses visitors in a natural safari style setting.
Both zoos have celebrated outstanding breeding success and our captivating, quirky and unique animals have captured the hearts of our visitors.
Zoos SA Strategic Plan and Business Plan
Our strategic plan captures the purpose and spirit of our organisation, our work in education and protecting wildlife. Bringing together the ideas, energy and passion of our team, it provides our society with a clear direction. For our members, partners and supporters – it’s a call to join our efforts and help make a valuable difference!
The plan embraces four key goals that guide our organisation’s efforts:
Goal 1: Save species from extinction
Goal 2: Connect people with nature: inform, empower and inspire people to act
Goal 3: Work in an ethical and sustainable manner
Goal 4: Apply an innovative business approach
The plan provides the framework for our business plan which will lead our efforts over the next five years and beyond.
Zoos SA Strategic Plan 2012
Five Year Business Plan 2016-2021 – Executive Summary
Beyond our zoos
Our core business continues to focus on zoo visits and educational services which have transformed to become more adaptive, diverse and interactive. However, Zoos SA’s broader commitment to protecting wildlife has significantly grown as we demonstrate world class zoo standards and contribute to local and global efforts to save species.