Adelaide Zoo

Adelaide Zoo: Hours, Address, Adelaide Zoo Reviews: 4.5/5

Adelaide Zoo
9:30 AM - 5:00 PM
9:30 AM - 5:00 PM
9:30 AM - 5:00 PM
9:30 AM - 5:00 PM
9:30 AM - 5:00 PM
9:30 AM - 5:00 PM
9:30 AM - 5:00 PM
9:30 AM - 5:00 PM
Adelaide Zoo, one of Adelaide's most iconic attractions, is home to more than 3,000 animals and 250 species of exotic and native mammals, birds, reptiles and fish exhibited over eight hectares of magnificent botanic surroundings. Situated next to the Botanic Gardens, Adelaide Zoo is open every day of the year from 9:30am to 5pm and this amazing wildlife experience is only a 15 minute walk from the city.
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Somone L
Greater Sydney, Australia16 contributions
Oct 2020 • Couples
What a great day! We spent the whole day at the zoo.... it was great! It was a bucket list item and well worth the trip! Wang Wang and Funi are who we went for and they were sooooo adorable. We were impressed by the enclosures and the enrichment activities and environments these animals are kept in. It is one of the best zoo’s we have ever been too. There were volunteers everywhere who clearly love what they do and these animals. What was disappointing though is that the zoo does not offer them a free VIP animal experience! I would have thought after all the hours they put in and their passion this would be the very least the zoo could offer. These volunteers were extremely knowledgeable and it was just disappointing to hear that they haven’t been able to experience such special moments at no cost to them! Come on Adelaide Zoo show how much you value these people who love your animals and patrons!
Written October 26, 2020
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Adelaide, Australia138 contributions
Mar 2022 • Solo
I have been attending Adelaide zoo yearly since very young (a long time!) and have always enjoyed wandering the grounds and learning about the different species. Regular additions and changes to enclosures and species keep it interesting. It's a great place to while away a few hours.
I am fortunate to now be a volunteer guide at the zoo so I can tell you why animals are alone (usually the answer is they are a solitary animal) why you can't see an animal and point it out if it's camouflaged (enclosures allow for the species to move between their night dens or hide in the landscaped enclosure) and get more in depth about the life of a giant panda! etc etc
Soooo here's a tip.... If you want to explore and experience a different side to the zoo - volunteers like myself are happy to assist, we can tell you about a specific species, take you on a bespoke guided tour and tell you stories about the animals you won't get from reading the signs and we do it for free knowing you will leave with a smile on your face and a better understanding of ZOOSSA and the species. So next visit ask if there's a volunteer free to take you on a tour or chat with them as you wander around 🙂
Written March 6, 2022
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Andrew Harvey
Mount Gambier, Australia523 contributions
Jan 2020 • Couples
This zoo is in the most stunning setting. It is sat in the beautiful Adelaide Parklands only a short walk from the CBD. It is one of, if not the oldest zoos in Australia and the mature grounds are quite simply stunning. Even if you weren't interested in the amazing wildlife contained within the zoo you would have to be won over by the grounds. The maintenance of the zoo is to an exceptionally high standard the animals all look incredibly well cared for and we spent the most wonderful 4 hours there. My only criticism of the zoo is what I consider to be the appalling catering. In 2020 hot options of Burger and chips nuggets and chips or chicken and chips doesn't really cut it. The style of food offered is incredibly old-fashioned. Sandwich fillings are boring the coffee tasted like dish water and the overall price considering the low quality is extortionate. The catering seems to be franchised out to a company called Quality Catering this is a complete misnomer because they do not deliver quality in any way shape or form. Visit any of the zoo's operated by Zoos Victoria and you will see exactly what is wrong with the catering at this zoo which is truly diabolical. I will visit the again but I will bring a picnic with me because I really am not going to waste money on food and refreshments bought here.
Written January 13, 2020
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Adelaide, Australia222 contributions
Nov 2021
We did the red pandas tour. I think when we booked it was called breakfast with the pandas and they have changed the name now to panda and friends. Probably wise as you just watch the red pandas come down a branch to be fed by the keeper near the fence. For Wang Wang and Funi their bamboo is placed so you can get close to them through the glass or watch them roam around their outdoor enclosure while they are still active. The plus is that you start at 8.30 before the zoo opens (although we had to wait half an hour for stragglers). Please be on time people. After that there are many school groups coming through. This means the pandas are a bit more active. Later the red pandas are up in the tree foliage and Wang Wang and Funi are likely to be asleep. After that an ethusiastic and knowledgeable tour guide takes you around the zoo and has a strong conversation message. But there are no behind the scenes. And you get a voucher for a cuppa and a cake at the cafe. Is it worth $100 more than the entrance price. No. Are you supporting animal conversation. Yes. I would get to the zoo as soon as its open and look out for volunteer tours and ranger talks and not pay this extra money.
Written November 17, 2021
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Mark L
Adelaide, Australia30 contributions
Apr 2022 • Family
After paying over $300 for entry and for 3 to go in the lion exhibit, there were no seats on the bus. So you have to wait another 20 minutes. Then the bus you get on, more people are rejected as it is full. All 3 of us commented on the rudeness of 2 more of the bus drivers. They act like public servants made to work against their will. (The volunteers were lovely by comparison) Some customer service training, or better management is badly needed. Also buses going the reverse direction. We wanted to visit Cheetah feeding, but we would have had a 45 minute bus ride plus waits to get there. And how about having enough bus seats for paying customers. But let's not talk about them not selling Golden North ice creams (which are Palm oil free) anymore, or the costs of the drinks, or the 15 minute wait for coffees. The highlights... the wonderful animals, and the Lolites...the humans.
Written April 16, 2022
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Liisa and Dave B
Adelaide, Australia2,360 contributions
Jun 2021 • Family
Firstly I found the admission cost quite steep for us as a family especially as the zoo no longer has particular animals that used to be there and given that we didn’t see lion feeding because apparently that only happens every second day. The staff member whom fed the pelicans didn’t interact with the audience which I thought was odd. Volunteer staff were extremely helpful in guiding us and answering questions. In a good location. Not so easy to get parking which is an additional cost. Food in the cafe is very expensive as are the drinks. I personally don’t like to support observing animals that are caged or in small enclosures but my grandchildren wanted me to join them on their day out so for them I was happy to go. I find it sad for instance to see the giraffes in a small space as with a lot of the other animals. The zoo is however very well set up with an education centre attached and an animal health centre. The gardens are well maintained.
Written July 9, 2021
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Darwin, Australia28 contributions
Oct 2020 • Family
Took the kids to the zoo to see the pandas, they are just beautiful and could of stayed just watching them. No Koala’s was disappointing when on the website it says there is. Lots of birds. The giraffe was great and meerkats are funny little things. The feeding zoo was great $2 for a bag of feed and the kids feed goats out of their hands they have a hand washing station right there to get all the slobber off which was great!
Written October 25, 2020
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2 contributions
Nov 2021
I went to the zoo this week, with my four year old son. I hadn't been for a long time, since going with my two older, teenage children, when they were little. I was hoping that things had changed for the better since my last visit, some many years ago.

It took about 10 minutes to realise that unfortunately, things had continued to deteriorate.

After reading many other complaints, I can't agree that it wasn't the bad coffee, expensive prices, unhealthy food, empty enclosures, empty kids zoo, or uninterested zoo keepers that made our experience a bad one.

It was seeing many different, depressed animals of all types and sizes pacing up and down in their tragically small and boring enclosures that made me rate the experience as a 'terrible one'. Even the smaller, nocturnal animals like the bilbies, that should be easy to manage and keep happy looked like they were going out of their minds with boredom.

It was the first time we saw the lucky pandas. Their enclosure looked attractive. No doubt a big draw card and money spinner for the zoo.

Then the lions.... beautiful, majestic animals sat in the most dismal, tiny and drab enclosures.
Never again.

Monarto Zoo! Amazing, Every time we go there, we leave feeling happy that we have seen animals living naturally and looking healthy and happy. Good money gong to a good cause.
Written November 20, 2021
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Jeffry b
Essendon, Australia10,455 contributions
Nov 2021
Adelaide Zoo has the only panda pair in Australia. It's true that there are dozens of pandas in Beijing Zoo, but otherwise they are very rare. Taking care of the pandas is a complicated and time consuming operation; they are very picky eaters. The pandas are Adelaide Zoo's biggest drawcard. Unfortunately, pandas rarely reproduce in captivity and so far they have had no offspring; we can only hope.
Written November 16, 2021
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Natalie R
Ingle Farm, Australia391 contributions
Dec 2019 • Family
First time I have visited and I was very impressed. I have become skeptical over time about animals in zoos. It was a lovely set up, i was lucky to go on a quiet day just before Christmas and really got to enjoy watching the animals more than I get to when I visit a zoo normally. The animals are well looked after. I look forward to visiting again. The only animal that looked a bit down was the orangutan. I do feel sorry for monkeys in particular as they are so smart as so human like.
The kids zoo was closed and there was no communication on this which was a little disappointing. Also when we went to feed the goats and deer in the enclosure, one goat was aggressive, first it snatched all food off my daughter. I went and got more and moved to another area and it pursued me. I fed it but clearly not to its satisfaction as it lined me up and rammed me twice and I surrendered the food out of fear. It was scary and hurt my leg and I'm really surprised there was noone around monitoring this, particularly when it's suppose to be child friendly. It was not a good experience. I think wherever there is contact allowed with animals someone should be supervising for the sake of the animal and the person. Even with the quokkas noone was around and children were patting and poking. I really enjoyed the meerkats they were so cute and funny. The ones near the giraffe are probably too close to human contact and again should have some supervision. I felt sorry for the giraffe all by itself. Volunteers closer to the front of the zoo were lovely and the bird show was def good. The guy at the seal show didn't seem to enthused to present.
Written January 5, 2020
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