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Police investigating incident at Adelaide Zoo

Adelaide Zoo will be closed to the public until further notice with South Australia Police (SAPOL)  investigating an attempt to break into an ATM attached to Adelaide Zoo early this morning.

A security patrol responded to an alarm activation at the ATM on Plane Tree Drive at about 3:30am last night and found the front of the ATM machine damaged.

SAPOL have advised that someone had attempted to blow the front of the machine off to gain access. However, no access was gained and no cash stolen.

Crime Scene Investigators are attending to the incident and members of the SAPOL Explosives Coordination Section are on site this morning.

Zoos South Australia Chief Executive Officer Elaine Bensted said Adelaide Zoo would be opened to the public again once SAPOL deemed it safe to do so.

“The safety of our visitors and animals are our absolute priority and we’ll be working with SAPOL to open the zoo as soon as it is safe to do so,” Elaine said.

“As a conservation charity, it is disappointing that this crime will limit people’s access the Zoo because of people targeting the ATM.

“Any disturbance to the Zoo’s operating hours takes money out of our conservation work.”

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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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