At the heart of our purpose are a set of principles that guide how we operate:
The care and wellbeing of our animals is a primary consideration at all times in line with our Animal Welfare Charter.
The role of the animals we care for will have a conservation focus and we will reflect our conservation message in all aspects of visitor experience.
We are uniquely placed to reach the community and share what we do to support conservation locally, nationally and globally.
We apply a science-based approach to our conservation work and adopt the highest standards for wildlife health management and husbandry.
We believe that everyone can contribute to conservation and we will deliver experiences that inspire action to save and protect species and their habitats.
We aim to provide visitors an experience that is easy, fun, friendly and meaningful.
We will apply and showcase sustainable practice in the planning, daily operation and management of our zoos.
We are all responsible for providing a safe, positive and enjoyable environment for staff, volunteers, members and partners.
Our success is influenced by innovation, creativity and continuous improvement.
Our partners, sponsors and donors are vital to growing our capacity to deliver on our goals within and beyond our gates.
We are independent and non-party political.
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.
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.
Zoos SA Strategic Plan and Business Plan
Our strategic plan captures the purpose and spirit of our organisation, and focuses our efforts to deliver four goals:
Connect people with nature
Save species from extinction
Work in an ethical and sustainable manner
Grow a sound and advancing organization
It outlines strategies to deliver our 20-year Master plan, strengthen our role in conservation, create valuable visitor experiences, and ensure we meet and exceed our welfare, industry and legislative responsibilities.