Due to extreme weather, Monarto Zoo will be closed on Wednesday 16 January, 2019. Make sure to check our website regularly throughout periods of hot weather as closure updates are provided at 5pm the night before. We apologise for any inconvenience caused.

Chimpanzee

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Meet our cheeky chimps! Monarto Zoo is home to ten cheeky chimpanzees! The group consists of four adult females, four males and a juvenile female and male. The females within the troop consist of the alpha female Zombi and Galatea, who were both…

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Black Rhinoceros

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Meet our radiant rhinos! Monarto Zoo is currently one of only two Australian zoos that house the magnificent Black Rhinoceros. Our two males, Induna and Sentwali, came to Monarto from Taronga Western Plains Zoo in 2007. Induna, meaning chief, was…

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Cheetah Experience

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Come and spend some time with our beautiful Cheetah, her keeper and learn first-hand about these incredible animals as well as the zoo’s breeding programs for these rare and endangered species. To make your walk safe and enjoyable, all participants…

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Meet the Chimps

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Go behind the scenes and come face to face with our closest living relatives. You’ll go inside the chimp night quarters where you’ll meet the chimp troop including our super sweet younger chimps and assist the keepers in preparing enrichment…

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Giraffe

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Meet our ginormous giraffe! Monarto Zoo houses the largest giraffe herd in Australia. Five females inhabit our drive-through habitat while a bachelor group of five bulls are housed in an off-limits area of the zoo. The first calf was born…

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Christmas Packages

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The Monarto Zoo Waterhole Function Centre is situated on the edge of the Africa precinct. Immerse your guests in a wild African experience enjoying stunning views of Monarto’s African animals. The scenic venue boasts a variety of dining options, from gourmet BBQ’s and stand…

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Tasmanian Devil

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Meet our feisty devils! Monarto is home to 14 feisty Tasmanian Devils. We work with several other Australian zoos to ensure there is an insurance population for the Tasmanian Devil in case there is no cure found for the cancerous facial…

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Chimp Viewing Platform

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Come face to face with our closest living ancestors. The chimp exhibit is home to our cheeky chimp family!  An amazing function space for a cocktail event or informal breakfast, the chimp platform is undercover but outdoors and conveniently located near the visitor centre….

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Waterhole Function Centre

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Corporate Events Planning a board meeting, corporate strategy day or business conference?  There is no better place than in the surroundings of our African Savannah. We work closely with our clients to tailor the perfect work corporate event to your needs, complete with…

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A Devilish Native Experience

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Get up-close to some of Australia’s most endangered native animals in Monarto Zoo’s off limits breeding facility. Learn about our many conservation programs fighting to save Black-footed Rock and Mainland Tammar Wallaby, Brush-tailed Bettong, bilby, and Tasmanian Devils from extinction….

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Rhino Interactive

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Go behind the scenes with the rare and endangered Southern White Rhino and Black Rhino. Assist the keeper in their daily health check and feed then put them to bed for the night. Buy a gift voucher Share the wonder…

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Meerkat Mingle

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Mix it with our inquisitive meerkat mob in a unique and fun interactive experience. You’ll enjoy time in their exhibit with a keeper mingling with these playful creatures. Enjoy great photographic opportunities as the meerkats interact with you for some…

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Lions At Bedtime

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With a string of exciting births Monarto Zoo proudly cares for the largest lion pride in the country and you can meet them up close! Assist the keeper in calling the lions into their night quarters, feed them their evening…

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Journey of his lifetime: transporting Mabuti the giraffe

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Transporting a large animal is no easy task. Monarto Zoo Senior Ungulate Keeper Mark Mills takes us on the year-long journey for Mabuti the giraffe’s transfer to Orana Wildlife Park.  Words and photos by Mark Mills “About a year ago,…

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Monarto Zoo Celebrates World Ranger Day

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World Ranger Day commemorates wildlife rangers killed or injured in the line of duty, and celebrates the work rangers do to protect some of the world’s most endangered animals. Zoos South Australia (Zoos SA) in partnership with the Northern Rangelands…

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Keeper for a Morning

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Spend the morning getting a taste of what the life of a zoo keeper is really  like! This unique experience involves close-up interaction with our rare and extraordinary animals, and an  insight to the many breeding programs undertaken at the…

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Keeper for a Day

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Ever wondered what it’s like to be a zoo keeper? This is a unique opportunity to work interactively with some of our specialist keepers. You’ll be involved in feeding the animals, undertaking health checks and preparing exhibits. This is a…

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Plains Zebra

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Meet our dazzling zebras! Monarto Zoo is home to two herds of striking Plains Zebras. A herd of seven zebras takes up residence next to our solar farm and is headed by dominant male, Storm. Storm arrived at Monarto Zoo…

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Giraffe Safari

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Have you ever wanted to find out what it is like to be knee high to a giraffe? Experience the thrill of hand feeding these majestic animals in our rarely seen off limits area. This experience can be booked on…

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Giraffe Viewing Platform

https://www.monartozoo.com.au/venues/giraffe-viewing-platform/

Experience Australia’s largest giraffe herd from Monarto Zoo’s giraffe viewing platform. This unique venue is just a 2-3 minute walk from the function centre and allows your guests to marvel at Monarto’s magnificent giraffes whilst enjoying the rolling landscape backdrop of the…

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Exciting New Plans for the Future of our Zoos

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Zoos South Australia (Zoos SA) is pleased to announce a proposed vision plan that will guide the transformation of both Adelaide and Monarto Zoos over the next 20 years and create new and exciting memories for members, supporters and visitors….

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Saving rhinos from extinction on World Rhino day

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This World Rhino Day, we’re joining people around the world to take action to protect rhinos from poaching. The heartbreaking reality is one rhino is killed every six hours. Worth more than gold and cocaine on the illegal black market,…

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Find out why our Director of Life Sciences is passionate about rhino conservation

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Learn how Zoos SA Director of Life Sciences Peter Clark developed his affinity with rhinos and why he believes engaging the next generation of conservationists is so important for the future of all wildlife. What’s your story? I am the Director…

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Zebra Naming Competition

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This spring, a beautiful baby zebra foal joined our wild family at Monarto Zoo. The gorgeous young zebra, born to Kali and Storm, has been busy winning the hearts of our keepers and visitors alike. Now we need your help…

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Monarto Zoo Celebrates Aboriginal Employee Achievements

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In a ceremony held at Monarto Zoo today, Zoos SA’s Chief Executive Elaine Bensted along with Minister for Aboriginal Affairs and Reconciliation, Kyam Maher MLC, will commemorate the significant achievement of three Aboriginal employees completing their double Diplomas in Conservation…

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How Lions 360 helps keep our lion pride happy and healthy

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Monarto Zoo’s jaw-dropping new experience, Lions 360, has been open for less than a week and it’s already a roaring success! While the experience provides visitors with an innovative prey’s-eye view into the world of one of Australia’s largest lion…

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African Crested Porcupine

https://www.monartozoo.com.au/animals/african-crested-porcupine/

Meet our prickly porcupines! Monarto Zoo is home to two beautiful African Crested Porcupines, Oliver and Rita. The pair, both born in 2015, arrived in April 2017 after making the journey from Tanganyika Wildlife Park in Kansas, USA. The two…

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Lions 360 Dome

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For your next function, experience the breathtaking Lions 360 at Monarto Zoo. Take your guests sense of adventure to the next level.   Guaranteed to leave you in even more awe than when you entered, you’ll take the walk of the…

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African Painted Dogs

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Meet our playful dogs! Monarto Zoo is home to a pack of three African Painted Dogs, Jengo, Itanya and Gibby.  Jengo is the proud father of female Itanya and male Gibby, who were born in January 2016 as part of the…

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Wedding Ceremonies

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Holding your wedding ceremony at Monarto Zoo is a truly memorable event.  Our tranquil surrounds and dramatic backdrops, enlivened by African animals in action, will imbue your wedding photos with an extra touch of otherworldly magic. Wedding ceremony packages: Safari…

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Lions 360 coming to you from mid-November 

https://www.monartozoo.com.au/lions-360-november/

Are you ready to take the walk of the brave? It’s closer than most people could ever dream of getting to an African Lion, but thanks to Monarto Zoo’s new Lion 360 experience, visitors will be able to get within…

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Soona’s Gift

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On Friday 9 October we lost an amazing member of the Monarto Chimpanzee troop. Soona Boona as she was affectionately known arrived at Monarto in November of 2010 from the Burgers Zoo. Although Soona was born at Burgers she spent a…

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Spotted Hyena

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Meet our inquisitive hyaenas! Who runs the world!? Girls! Well in the life of a Spotted Hyaena clan, this is certainly the case. Our beautiful Spotted Hyaena at Monarto Zoo live in a matriarchal hierarchy, meaning the girls rank higher…

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American Bison

https://www.monartozoo.com.au/animals/american-bison/

Meet our woolly bison! As the first species to arrive at the zoo in 1983, American Bison have always been an integral part of Monarto Zoo. Since the initial arrival of two bison, our mighty herd has grown and now…

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Scimitar-horned Oryx

https://www.monartozoo.com.au/animals/scimitar-horned-oryx/

Meet our stunning oryx! Scimitar-horned Oryx are an antelope from North Africa, characterised by their large sweeping curved horns that resemble a scimitar sword. Our first oryx arrived at Monarto around 1989. In 2011 Monarto receive a large mixed sex…

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Meerkat

https://www.monartozoo.com.au/animals/meerkat/

Meet our merry meerkats! Monarto’s meerkat mob consists of six siblings, all of who were born in Melbourne Zoo in 2012. Digby, Scout, Dugless, Sandy, Mealworm and Trench are a hyperactive bunch who are always on the move, constantly digging…

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Spiny Leaf Stick Insect

https://www.monartozoo.com.au/animals/spiny-leaf-stick-insect/

Meet our Spiny Leaf Stick Insects! Australia is home to approximately 150 species of Stick Insects. One of these species is the Spiny Leaf Stick Insect, which can been seen in the Monarto Zoo Visitor Centre. Spiny Leaf Stick Insects…

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Cheetah

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Meet our charismatic Cheetah! Monarto Zoo is home to 17 Cheetahs, four males and 13 females. Each Cheetah plays an important role within the zoo as well as to the greater region. Saadani, one of our males, was born in 2011 and arrived…

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Southern White Rhinoceros

https://www.monartozoo.com.au/animals/southern-white-rhinoceros/

Meet our remarkable rhinos! Monarto Zoo is home to a rhino crash of five Southern White Rhinoceros, two mature bulls and three adult females. Uhura and Umqali are the mothers to the five rhino calves born at the zoo over the last…

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African Lion

https://www.monartozoo.com.au/animals/african-lion/

Meet our majestic lions! Monarto Zoo is home to one of Australia’s largest lion prides. With seven adult females and two adult males, the lion habitat is always a hive of activity! The females within the pride consist of sister…

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People of the zoo: meet Monarto Zoo Natives Keeper Simon

https://www.monartozoo.com.au/people-of-the-zoo-simon/

Monarto Zoo is home to more than 500 animals from around the world, but did you know we also have a dedicated native breeding facility? As a conservation charity, we’re proud to be working to secure a future for some…

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Welcome to a not-so-little giraffe calf

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We are thrilled to announce the birth of an adorable giraffe calf at Monarto Zoo. Born at 10:45am this morning to fourth-time mum Myeisha, the calf is the first giraffe born at Monarto Zoo in eight years. Giraffe keeper Vaughan…

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Brave Boon

https://www.monartozoo.com.au/brave-boon/

Last week, I compiled an article to update everyone on the continuation of the Monarto Chimpanzee journey over the last few weeks.  It is with a heavy heart that I share the news of Boon’s passing in the early hours…

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Saving our gentle giants

https://www.monartozoo.com.au/saving-gentle-giants/

Experts are calling it the silent extinction. As the world’s tallest animal, and easily one of the most recognisable around the globe, it’s hard to fathom that we could be losing giraffe right before our eyes. But the reality is,…

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Racing to save the world’s fastest cat

https://www.monartozoo.com.au/racing-save-worlds-fastest-cat-cheetah/

Today is World Cheetah Day and we’re celebrating all things spotty, fluffy and speedy! There are a million things we could say about these elegant cats, but we thought we’d take this opportunity to let you know a little bit…

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Monarto Zoo’s hand raised giraffe calf joins the herd

https://www.monartozoo.com.au/hand-raised-giraffe-joins-herd/

After a tough start to life being rejected by her first-time mother, Monarto Zoo’s newest adorable giraffe calf is finally ready to re-join the herd. Affectionately known as ‘Eyelean’ to keepers, the little giraffe calf has been thriving under the…

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