HAVE YOU EVER WONDERED WHAT THE MOST VENOMOUS SNAKE IN THE WORLD LOOKS LIKE, THAT JUST HAPPENS TO LIVE IN AUSTRALIA?
Well, here at the Adelaide Zoo, they have a good collection of Snakes and other reptiles.
The Australian Inland Taipan is on display, a Snake with the most toxic venom of any land snake in the world.
One bite from this fellow is enough to kill about 100 humans, or 250,000 mice! Luckily, he isn't seen very often, so there hasn't been any fatalities recorded, though it could potentially kill an adult human within 45 minutes.
The second most deadly in the World is also Australian, and quite common, infact, I often see 2 - 3 each summer in my garden. It is the EASTERN BROWN SNAKE
Just 1/14,000 of an ounce of its venom is enough to kill an adult human. This Snake is fast moving, aggressive under certain circumstances and has been known to chase aggressors and repeatedly strike at them. Even juveniles can kill a human. They react only to movement, so stand very still if you ever encounter one in the wild.
For me, it was interesting to see the Green Anoconda who enjoys a meal of one dead rabbit every four to eight weeks.
The collection they have is excellent, the displays are well done, and it's definitely worth a visit.
As the Adelaide Zoo is old, there are some historic buildings that have survived the renovations.
These were built at the same time as the Zoo
They include, the Head Keeper's Cottage and Front Entrance, both built in 1883. In 1884, the Rotunda was built, still a pleasant area for some shade in the warm weather and to enjoy an ice-cream. In 1888, the beautiful double story Director's residence [now Minchin House] was built, a lovely building that you will see as you follow the Zoo paths. The last historic building is the Elephant House, built in 1901. Along the wall, is information and photos about the old Elephant house.
In 2008, Zoos SA signed a cooperative agreement with China to help secure the long term survival of Giant Pandas.
On 12 May 2008, the Wenchuan earthquake devastated the Sichuan province in China. The quake destroyed the Wolong Giant Panda Research Centre, which was home to around 280 Giant Pandas including Wang Wang and Funi. Wang Wang’s mum, Mao Mao, did not survive the quake. Funi has a twin brother called Fuwa.
Wang Wang, born on 31/08/05, is very laid-back and a placid boy. He loves to sleep!
Funi, born on 23/08/06, is very active and playful and often makes excited mewing noises at feeding time. She is also very intelligent, curious and loves to explore.
Wang Wang and Funi now call Adelaide Zoo home. This was our main reason for coming to the Zoo.
Lucky for us, we were early, and there were less than a dozen people at the exhibiit.
Another bit of luck, was both the Panda's were in the outdoor area of their compound, enjoying some activity. They were moving around, eating, and NOT SLEEPING! It was great!
A volunteer is on hand to answer any questions you may have.
It really was an excellent exhibit, very well done, with plenty of viewing area.
The entry to the Panda exhibit is included in the general entry price.
Wang Wang and Funi are the only Giant Pandas in the Southern Hemisphere and the first to live permanently in Australia.
They are lovely, and a must see
The Envirodome was new since my last visit, so I was interested in what I would see. It's actually an interactive visitor centre, which explores how we can better look after our planet.
Just inside the door, was a panel of tiles with all different varieties of Birds and Animals. A volunteer told me, that each of these tiles were individually painted. What a great idea and so well done.
In the Envirodome, Sea horses were on display, there were displays of different Insects and more.
I really liked it in here! I think it is quite educational for children, and enjoyable for adults.
Included in the admission price.
OPEN....every day from 10am to 4pm
Photography allowed.....NO FLASH
Adelaide Zoo first opened on 23 May 1883. The Zoo was named the Royal Zoological Society of South Australia after a Royal Charter was granted by King George VI in 1937.
The Adelaide Zoo has changed over the years. Instead of Cages, most of the species are grouped together as they would be in the wild, with the enviroment how they are used too. This makes it much more enjoyable for the animals and the viewers.
I found Birds were still mainly in cages, and one of the few that have remained in the same place, are the Flamingo's, still where they were in 1885, with two of the original Flamingos still alive!
I loved the new Asian Aviary Boardwalk. Here, I could stand and watch the White Cheeked Gibbons, Langurs, Siamangs and Malaysian Tapirs and more, just like they were in the wild.
When you see the lovely vegetation and setting these animals are residing in, I couldn't help but think how lucky they were!
"POP-EYE" is the name of a Boat that cruises Torrens Lake and the Torrens River.
These Boats have been operating as long as I can remember.
It doesn't matter whether you are an Adult or a Child, you will enjoy this way of reaching the Adelaide Zoo.
POP-EYE operates on Weekends, during school holidays, and on public holidays.
The Cruise is about 40mins.
DEPARTURE......ELDER PARK, which is below the Festival Theatre..
In Summer, Cruises depart on the hour, Monday to Friday 10 - 4pm
Weekends 10 - 4pm Every half hour
Saturday & Sunday.... 10am to 4pm Winter ( June to August) 10 - 4pm Every half hour.
COST IN 2012....
Round Trip: $12 Adults / $6 Children under 16
Elder Park to Zoo - one way: $8 Adults / $4 Children under 16
Zoo to Elder Park - one way: $4 Adults / $2 Children under 16
The Adelaide Zoo I have visited many times and have never been disappointed. It has continuously been upgraded for viewing the animals in a more natural enviroment.
It is the 2nd oldest Zoo in Australia, being established in 1883, and its set amongst lovely gardens.
Some of the buildings at this zoo, are on the State's heritage listing.
It has a Children's Zoo area, where they can pat and talk to the Animals.
Some of the Animals in this section are Ferrets, Deer, Kangaroo varieties, Wallaby, Guinea pig, Cow, the talking Corella and more.....
Animals in the Children’s Zoo may be fed with animal food, available from the Children’s Zoo gatekeeper at the following times: 10am - 12noon & 2pm - 4pm.
Another area is called "Little Creatures" and its here where you will see the Australian Blue Tongue Lizard, the Red Back Spider, Tree Frogs, and more creepy crawlies.
Of course they have a huge variety of other Animals.
Keepers feed the Animals and also do talks, so I guess you follow a "Keeper Trail".
Sea lions are at 11:45 am, Blue and Gold Macaw free-flight presentation 1pm, Hippo1:30 pm Thursday, Lions, 2pm Tuesday, Thursday, Saturday, Sunday and Public Holidays, Leopard
2pm (straight after the lions) Tuesday, Thursday, Saturday Sunday and Public Holidays, Pelicans 2.30pm, Penguins 2.45pm, and the Australian Rainforest Bird Feed, 3.30pm daily.
There are a lot of FREE, 30MIN. WALKABOUT TOURS, with the 1st one departing at 11.45am. They depart at different times of the day, in different sections of the Zoo.
You can have an up close encounter with Animals for an extra $25 (lasting 15mins) and Behind scences tours operate. (different charges for different Animals)
THE ZOO NOW HAS A PAIR OF PANDAS (WANG WANG & FUNI) ON LOAN FROM CHINA
ADMISSION IN 2012.....
FAMILY...2 adults and 2 or 3 children.....
$5 for an extra child up to a total of 5 children.....$85.00
ADULT.. Ages 15+......$31.50
CHILD...Ages 4 - 14....$18.00
CONCESSION... Concession card and photo ID must be shown....$22.00
TWO ZOOS PASS - Adult....$47.00
TWO ZOOS PASS - Child....$27.00
TWO ZOOS PASS - Family..$127.50
TWO ZOOS PASS - Concession...$33.00
THE TWO ZOO PASS IS EXCELLENT VALUE
OPEN.....every day from 9.30am - 5pm
Panda Exhibit 9:45am - 4:45pm
Zoo Shop 9:30am - 4:45pm
Reptile House 10:00am - 4:30pm
Nocturnal House 10:00am - 4:30pm
Walk-through Aviaries 9:30am - 4:30pm
If coming by car, limited ticket parking is available on Plane Tree Drive, War Memorial Drive and Frome Road. There is no parking available inside Adelaide Zoo.
Buses stop on Frome Road directly outside the Zoo (Bus number 271 or 273 from the Currie Street).
The hourly Connector Bus passes the Adelaide Oval and many of the UPark carparks in the city.
Ride you Bike....32 free bike racks are provided.
Take the boat 'Popeye,' that operates on the lake between Elder Park and the Adelaide Zoo. You can purchase a one-way ticket from Elder Park and disembark from the river cruise at the Zoo.
Walk, which is what we did. An easy walk from North Terrace, down Frome Road to the Zoo entrance.
Adelaide has a lovely seal enclosure named Seal Bay. Named after Seal Bay on Kangaroo Island, off the South Coast of South Australia. The exhibit is designed and constructed in natural materials and colour to blend in to the surrounding environment. They have a deep pool where they spend a lot of time and they have a sandy area where they bask in the sun. There is also a nursery with a small pool for beginner swimmers. The exhibit viewing platform is raised so you are looking down upon them which allows you to see them swimming and playing.
Seals: Daily 11.45am and 3.45pm
Children $10.00 4-14 years
Family $52.00 2 adults & 3 children
Children under age 4 are free
The Flamingo Pond has been in the same spot for around 100 years and has large tree within the exhibit which is quite eye catching as it looks almost prehistoric. Its a Dracaena draco tree also known as the Dragon Tree or Dragon Blood Tree. The trees originate in the Canary Islands and do particularly well in the South Australian climate. They are unusual looking trees with a wide spreading crown.
There is a small fence at about knee height so obviously the Flamingos have been quite happy on their small plot of land. I would like to know if any of those flamingos have ever, in a hundred years, just stepped over that fence to explore the world??
Adelaide Zoo is the second oldest zoo in the nation and is home to over 3,400 animals and almost 300 species of exotic and native mammals, birds, reptiles and fish exhibited in magnificent botanic surroundings.
Ticket is $22 adult.
If you love the zoo then you will get a kick out of the new behind the scenes tour. Several to choose from and they range in price from about $40 to $400. Its a great way for the zoo to raise money & the tour guides said they have several people everyday. We did the Big Cat one. It was really exciting! We went behind the lion & tigers enclosures to release them from their sleeping quarters. We stood only a few feet and although there was a cage between us my heart still speed up. At one stage the tiger made eye contact & gave me several roaring warnings to back away. He then swiped the cage with his enormous claws. Needless to say I backed away!
If you love and respect animals then this is a great way to have a unique experience that is both positive for you and the animal - unlike those awful places that drug them, pull them around in chains, allow tourists to lie all over them before retuning them to some hideous enclosure. The tiger at Adelaide zoo was once kept in a private zoo. His life was a very miserable one. His teeth were filed down and his living enclosure was bad. His was abused. The keeper told us that if you put a crate in his enclosure he will walk straight into it. This is not the behaviour of a healthy tiger. But now he lives in Adelaide and has a brand new enclosure that allows him to wander around & even hide from the public eye if he wishes. He ever has a heated rock for sunbathing, a swimming pool & in the sky above him he can see orangutans swinging from his closure to theirs. Its not the jungle but then again hes not some rich wankers toy anymore.
Money raised goes to improving the zoo. Well spent!
On the tour we were given lots of info on the cats. Toured the keepers work area. Were shown the mechanics of the enclosures. Explored the area (It was great the touch a huge tiger paw print left in the sand). We released the cats. Feed the lions & see the gibbons show off to their keeper. I had a ball!
Available Days Tuesday, Thursday & Sunday. Time 8.30am
Length 1 hour Cost $135pp
This sail finned water dragon was convinced the my colourful finger nails would be something good to eat. He followed them back and forth and at one stage pucked his lips on the glass. You can find him at the front of the nocturnal house.
These two little guys are very playful. They always seem to be on the move. They are given life enrichment toys which keep things interesting. The bears are part of the South East Asian Rainforest.
Monday: 0930 -1700
Tuesday: 0930 -1700
Wednesday: 0930 -1700
Thursday: 0930 -1700
Friday: 0930 -1700
Saturday: 0930 -1700
Sunday: 0930 -1700
Public Holidays: 0930 -1700
Christmas Day: 0930 - 1700
Good Friday: 0930 - 1700
Adelaide zoo has a nice greened area where you can picnic. Its in front of the restaurant, cafe and a historical rotunda. There are a few benches and the toilet block runs along side it. There is plenty of shade. This is also were the freeflight bird show takes place.
The Immersion enclosures focus on endangered species that coexist, Siamang, Dusky Langurs, Malayan Tapir, Sunbears Otters and various bird species. It cost $3.4 million to bulid. The enclosure has a raised bridge from which you can look down upon the animals. On one side Gibbons on the other tapirs and silver leaf monkeys.