Zoos SA is a conservation charity with more than 45,000 members.

We are a long established and treasured part of the South Australian community, having shared the wonder of our zoos since 1883.

Our Purpose

is to connect people with nature and save species from extinction.

Our Aspiration

is to lead and inspire conservation action to support global biodiversity.

Adelaide Zoo

Where in Australia can you step off a busy CBD street and in just a few minutes experience the thrill of hand-feeding Australasia’s only Giant Pandas, rubbing shoulders with our native koalas and wallabies, hear the guttural roar of an African lion or feel a flutter of wind on your face as a Blue-and-gold Macaw swoops just centimetres above your head? The answer? Adelaide Zoo.

An award-winning, not-for-profit, conservation charity with ZAA accreditation, Adelaide Zoo’s mission is to connect people with nature and save animals from extinction.

With over 2,500 animals calling Adelaide Zoo home, visitors turn adventurers as they explore their way through our jungle-like botanic gardens, finding themselves within a whisker of our native and exotic animals in natural, unique and stimulating environments. And when it’s time to leave? Their minds are filled with new memories and an interest in wildlife conservation firmly planted.

A lush and green oasis in the heart of Adelaide, no trip to South Australia is complete without a visit to the award-winning Adelaide Zoo.

Monarto Safari Park

Where else in Australia can you hand-feed endangered species like rhinos, get knee-high to a giraffe, within clawing distance of the most fearsome cats of all, or experience the ultimate heart-racing luxury of arriving at the park via helicopter before enjoying a three course lunch? Answer? Nowhere!

Monarto’s vast expanse of South Australian outback is transformed into African wild plains where giraffe, lion, hyena and even rhinos roam alongside native and endangered animals.

With more than 70% of the species at Monarto Safari Park threatened with extinction in the wild, a visit to Monarto delights, inspires and educates and brings the fight to save animals from extinction to life through innovative experiences, encounters and tours.

Just one hour from the city, Monarto Safari Park transports visitors from the hustle of the city to wild and open plains.

Animal welfare

Adelaide Zoo and Monarto Safari Park are accredited by the Zoo and Aquarium Association (ZAA) and dedicated to the continuous support of positive animal welfare through a science-based approach.

We care deeply for all our furry, feathered and scaled friends so when we’re talking about welfare, we refer to the different feelings and sensations each animal under our care experiences, ranging from positive to negative, given the conditions in which it lives in.

Providing tip-top care for our animals is one of our highest priorities at Zoos SA. We do so using a science-based approach to animal welfare that focuses on the Five Domains: Environment, behaviour, nutrition, health and positive mental state.

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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.

Both Adelaide Zoo and Monarto Safari Park have celebrated outstanding breeding success and our captivating, quirky and unique animals have captured the hearts of our visitors.

Our Approach

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 Adelaide Zoo and Monarto Safari Park.

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 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.

Interactive Strategic Plan

View Zoos SA’s Strategic Plan

A print version can be downloaded here:

Strategic Plan 2017

Five Year Business Plan 2019-2024 – Executive Summary

View Zoos SA 5 Year Business Plan 2019 Executive Summary

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About Zoos SA

Zoos SA is a not-for-profit conservation charity that exists to connect people with nature and save species from extinction. Zoos SA acknowledges the Country on which we stand always was, and always will be, Aboriginal land and we pay our deepest respect and gratitude to Kaurna (Adelaide Zoo) and Ngarrindjeri (Monarto Safari Park) Elders, past, present and emerging. We undertake critical conservation work throughout Australia and acknowledge the traditional custodians of these lands.

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