Kids go free at the Adelaide zoo this May to celebrate 140th birthday

The Adelaide Zoo celebrates its 140th birthday by giving kids free entry for the whole of May.

Image credit: Adrian Mann

This May, Adelaide Zoo is celebrating its 140th birthday and what better way to mark the occasion than to give back to the community with free entry for kids for the entire 31 days.

For the month of May and starting today, all children aged up to and including 14 will enjoy days out at Adelaide Zoo for free.

“It’s a Happy Birthday from us to you. We can’t wait to welcome the community of young conservationists into our city oasis to discover the wild within,” said Elaine Bensted, CE of Zoos SA.

“It’s not every day that you turn 140 so we want to make sure it’s a birthday to remember! What better treat than all kids go free!

“While accredited zoos like Adelaide are here to help protect and advocate for native and exotic species such as the critically endangered Orange-bellied Parrot and Sumatran Tiger, a big part of our purpose is to connect people (of all ages) with nature.

“An adult will be able to bring in up to three children aged up 14,” said Elaine.

Visitors during May will be just in time to see the critically endangered Sumatran Tiger cubs at their littlest and most playful.

There’s also the endearing Eastern Black and White Colobus baby, towering Matumi the giraffe calf and tiny guinea pigs to see as well as feathery, scaly and furry favourites including Giant Pandas Fu Ni and Wang Wang, Obi the Pygmy Hippo and African Lions Amani and Mujambi.

Throughout the month visitors will also discover a fascinating series of historical images depicting the zoo through the years called ‘Tails Gone By.’

Celebrations will culminate in a birthday party on Saturday 27 May where the zoo will lay on keeper talks, unearth and bury a time capsule, animal enrichment, tree planting, free face painting, lucky dips, door prizes for members and a fascinating series of historical images depicting the zoo in ‘Tails Gone By’.

“We hope the community will support Adelaide Zoo in its birthday month,” continued Elaine.

“Adelaide Zoo has come a long way since it first opened in 1883. Animal welfare and the conservation of species has progressed to the point where we are so much more than just for pleasure; we are a place for education and for driving conservation change,” finished Elaine.

Highlights of ‘Tails Gone By’ a series of images from Adelaide Zoo’s history will include photos of original exhibits, iconic species and past directors of Zoos SA in all their Victorian finery.

Tickets to Adelaide Zoo can be purchased online or at the gate
Where: Adelaide Zoo, Frome Rd, Adelaide SA 5000
When: Kids go free runs from 1 May – 31 May 2023 inclusive. Three free children per one adult.
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