Adelaide Zoo and why I love it…

Since I was a little girl Adelaide Zoo has always been a favourite place of mine and now it has become a firm favourite with both my children. Sure we all love animals, but a visit to Adelaide Zoo is about so much more than the animals – it’s about the fun & adventure, it’s about discovering new and exciting things, it’s about learning and it’s about letting yourself get swept away in all the magic that is the Adelaide Zoo! I will admit that after a day at the Zoo my legs are tired from lots of walking, but there is a relaxing feeling after spending the day in the beautiful garden setting, listening to the sounds of the animals and watching as they go about their daily routines.

Adelaide Zoo is now home to over 1,800 animals and almost 300 species of exotic and native mammals, birds, reptiles and fish and it feels like each time I visit there is something new to discover. The addition of the Giant Panda’s – Wang Wang and Funi a few years ago is just one example. These are the only Giant Pandas in the Southern Hemisphere and the first to live permanently in Australia, although as you enter their section of the Zoo you could easily mistake your surroundings for Eastern Asia!

My kids (3 & 5) find it hard to look past the children’s Zoo as their favourite section of Adelaide Zoo – they love to get up close and personal with some of the animals and on our most recent visit my son thought it was quite hilarious that a cheeky goat stole half a bag of animal food straight out of his hand! After leaving the Children’s Zoo I did have to listen to “I really wish I could have a pet goat and a pet guinea pig” several times, so be prepared!

When it’s time to eat at Adelaide Zoo you can chose between the Restaurant or kiosk offering everything from Sandwiches & Croissants to hot chips or Ice-creams or a full main meal in the restaurant. You are also welcome to take a picnic and enjoy the beautiful grassed areas to relax while you eat. We ate in Wisteria Restaurant recently and found the food to be really good.

The Adelaide Zoo has Kidz Kabz available for hire, these are little carts you can push your kids along in – these are really handy to prevent tired little legs and easy for the kids to get in and out of at each new stop – I found them much easier than getting them in and out of a pram. They also hire out wheelchairs and you will find both disabled toilets and change table facilities within the Zoo grounds. They really do cater well for everyone.

If you haven’t been to Adelaide Zoo before or it has been a while since your last visit I highly recommend you go, turn your phone off (or just use it for photos) and really take in everything wonderful about the Zoo, the kids will love it, but it’s also a refreshing and enjoyable experience for adults too!

If you would like formal information on Adelaide Zoo including opening times and entry fees you can get them here.

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