So it is pretty exciting news guys. Fu Ni, Adelaide’s very own giant panda, might just be producing a tiny little baby panda! Now, we aren’t getting too ahead of ourselves just yet as the word is she isn’t officially pregnant, only artificially inseminated. But gosh darn it we think that the very possibility of an adorable little baby panda joining the family gives us the perfect excuse to get back to the Adelaide Zoo for a visit.
Here are seven (plus the possible baby panda makes eight) reasons you should get to the zoo:
Are we stating the mega obvious here? Why not get along to the zoo and experience the pregnancy journey (hopefully) with Fu Ni (and Wang Wang). Wouldn’t it be amazing if she did become pregnant and you could say that you had gotten to see her in action as she experienced being pregnant. With pandas being the oldest bear species still in existence and only about 1,800 pandas left in the wild, the pregnancy would obviously be a very special and momentous occasion. Bring it on!
SCHOOL HOLIDAY FUN
Yes parents, that time is almost upon us again. The school holidays aren’t far away and the zoo is the perfect place to let the kids run ‘wild’. For an extra treat your kids can become the zoo’s special explorers… With their unique passport they will stop at special checkpoints where they will learn more about the animals. On the journey they will also enjoy special keeper presentations, craft activities and a chance to win some wild prizes. That should give you one day of peace during the few weeks of holidays.
GET SNAP HAPPY
All you photography aficionados have a photo taking experience with a difference at the zoo. Their Animals In Focus Photography Course sees photographer Lindsay Poland take you through the beautiful surroundings as he shares some top tips on capturing the perfect animal snap. How pesky is that glass and wire in the way of the perfect photograph! Well Lindsay will teach you how to make that all ‘disappear’ with some very handy techniques. The Spring sessions of the course are proving to be SUPER popular! There are only a few spots left in a few of the sessions, with some already totally booked out. So get in quick if you want to get on board!
Cost is $140.00 (discount price for both Courses of $240.00) and is suitable for adults and senior secondary photography students. Discounts apply to zoo members.
BIRDS OF A FEATHER
Australia has some stunning native birds and the Feathered Heads event at the zoo gives you the chance to see the beauty and personality behind each bird. Led by Angela Robinson-Buchanan who has been meeting and photographing birds that have either been rescued or have an Endangered/Vulnerable conservation status, she takes you on a once in a lifetime exhibition. See birds in a way that you never thought possible!
Start: September 4
End: October 11
BUBBLES, BRUNCH AND AN ANIMAL ENCOUNTER
We all love some bubbles and a delicious brunch, but experience one with a difference as the zoo puts together a very special function. You will have the opportunity to meet some of the animals which are part of the zoo’s public presentations, up close and personal. Cute! And after that gorge yourself on a delicious brunch of fruit, pancakes (mmm) and of course the necessary bubbly to accompany such a perfect sounding morning.
Date: October 18
Time: 8:45 am – 11:00 pm
BOO AT THE ZOO
Halloween. Us Aussies seem to be getting more and more into it with every year that it rolls around. This year, the zoo will transform into a spook-tacular Halloween fest with its special event. Enjoy an after hours experience with a trick or treat trail, Halloween themed animal presentations, spooky entertainment, giveaways and so much more scary goodness. Make sure you dress to scare and get in quick because tickets are selling like hotcakes.
Saturday 31 October, 4pm-8pm
As if that wasn’t enough there will also be a pre Halloween event…
Let your kids funk on out at the zoo’s Halloween themed BOO (Blue) Light Disco. Ah yes. They still exist! It will be a fully supervised event so you won’t need to worry and they will have a rocking time while they celebrate Halloween.
Friday 30 October, 6pm-9pm
WINE, DINE AND ICE CREAM?
Why not make a real day of it… Start off in the ever beautiful (and always delicious) Botanic Gardens Restaurant. Enjoy some fine food (and maybe some wine) before you move on to the zoo for a sweet treat. A little ice cream never hurt nobody! Continue your day of indulgence with a wander around the zoo where you can enjoy the awesome and fun atmosphere, with the added bonus of walking off all that food!
For all information about all of the events mentioned above just head to the Adelaide Zoo website here.
Enjoy getting wild at the Adelaide Zoo, and stay tuned as ‘Panda Watch’ (yes that is totally an Anchorman reference for those playing at home) amps up over the next few weeks!