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Our mission as a conservation charity is to save species from extinction and to connect people with nature.

Over the years Zoos SA has been involved in a wide range of conservation programs. As a conservation charity, we are committed to safeguarding wildlife and habitats in our own backyard, regionally and across the globe.

Our work helps to protect native threatened reptiles like the Pygmy Bluetongue Lizard, the Striped Legless Lizard and the Western Swamp Tortoise.

Pygmy Blue Tongue Lizards are one of Australia’s rarest lizards. They were considered extinct until their rediscovery near Burra in South Australia in 1992. These small lizards have the unusual habit of living down spider holes. In a world first, Zoos SA have successfully trialed captive breeding for this species!

The Striped Legless Lizard is one of 42 known species of legless lizard that occur in Australia. They don’t have any forelimbs and their hind limbs are reduced and look like little scaly flaps. No wonder they are called legless! Once thought to be widespread throughout southeastern Australia, this species is now in rapid decline due to its habitat being lost.  Zoos SA is undertaking field surveys to monitor the wild population and find out where they might still be living.


Both Adelaide Zoo and Monarto Safari Park are home to Australia’s most endangered reptile, the Western Swamp Tortoise. They live in swamps during winter and hibernate in the summer! There are only around 700 Western Swamp Tortoises left in the wild. Zoos SA, in partnership with Perth Zoo, is part of a specialised breed for release program to ensure their long-term survival.

In September, five Adelaide Zoo-bred critically endangered Western Swap Tortoises will return to Western Australia to prepare to be released into the wild. Thankfully, this amazing reptile has secured a second chance of survival through an intensive breeding program, and Zoos SA is one of only two zoos in the world fortunate enough to be working to save this species from extinction.

Thanks to our breeding programs, we’re proud to say the future is looking bright for the Pygmy Blue Tongue Lizard, the Striped Legless Lizard, and the Western Swamp Tortoise.

Love our threatened reptiles? Join us and help support these endangered creatures!

Please donate below to help protect our threatened native reptiles now and in the future!

Please give what you can below to help protect our threatened reptiles now and in the future by supporting Zoos SA today.

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As a conservation charity, we rely heavily on our supporters to help us continue our valuable breeding and conservation programs. When you donate to Zoos SA, you’re helping to care for the wonderful animals in our zoos and support our conservation projects in the wild. We love being able to help save incredible species like the mainland Tammar Wallaby and the Goodfellow’s Tree Kangaroo.

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Every dollar you contribute makes a big difference in helping to save species from extinction and connect people with nature. To learn more about us visit the annual reports section of our website.

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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.

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