Over half a million people visited Adelaide Zoo and Monarto Zoo in the past financial year, making it the largest turnout in their 134 year history.
A record breaking 585 872 people smashed the zoos’ previous record of 582 697, which was when Giant Pandas Wang Wang and Fu Ni first arrived in 2009.
Zoos SA Chief Executive Elaine Bensted said Zoos SA was thrilled that so many people embarked on a wildlife journey at Adelaide and Monarto Zoo over the past year.
“These fantastic results were thanks to a string of special animal births including Giraffe calves at Monarto Zoo, as well as an exciting calendar of events at both sites including Dinosaurs Alive at Adelaide Zoo, a giant animatronic dinosaur exhibition.
As a conservation charity, record visitors enables Zoos SA to connect more people with nature than ever before, which in turn funds their conservation and breeding programs to save species from extinction.
“More than half a million visitors, including 50,000 students, is a powerful catalyst for positive conservation change,” Elaine said.
“70 per cent of the animals that call Monarto Zoo home and 40 per cent of the animals that call Adelaide Zoo home are critically endangered, endangered, vulnerable or near threatened; extra visitors mean we can do more to safeguard these species.
“On behalf of the entire zoo family, I’d like to say thank you to the community for helping us achieve this record result and allowing us to continue to care for the animals in our zoos and in the wild.”
For more information visit the Adelaide Zoo or Monarto Zoo website.