Zoos SA

Adelaide Zoo re-opening gates at 9:30am

After yesterday’s disruption, Adelaide Zoo will be open today as per usual opening hours with Emergency Services confident that the zoo is now safe for public entry.

Emergency Services have advised there is no longer a risk to public safety, after an attempt to break into an ATM located near the zoo entrance early on Friday morning.

Zoos South Australia Chief Executive Elaine Bensted said she looked forward to welcoming the public back to Adelaide Zoo as normal today.

“We look forward to opening Adelaide Zoo and welcoming everyone through the gates at 9:30am today as per usual,” Elaine Bensted said.

“As a conservation charity, it would be fantastic to see great visitation numbers this weekend to make up for having to close the zoo yesterday for the entire day.

“Any disturbance to the zoo’s operating hours impacts on our income which in turn, impacts our important conservation work to save species from extinction.

“I’m sure that some of our animals will be very active today after those close to the incident were put into their night quarters early as a safety precaution.

“We thank SAPOL, the South Australian Metropolitan Fire Service and emergency services for their support yesterday.”

The retail shop will remain closed over the weekend until further notice as SAPOL continue their investigation and repair work to the ATM is carried out.

The Panda Shop near Fig Tree Café will be open all weekend.

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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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