Monarto Zoological Park was built in 1983 as a state-run sanctuary with
the goal of breeding endangered species in this closed-to-public area.
In 1993, a new vista was developed because of a study and the place was
opened for horde. This led to its development as a behemoth educational
facility with tours via buses and walks.
The park is under the administration of Royal Zoological Society of
South Australia along with Adelaide Zoo. With an area of 1,000 hectares
the park is located 70 kilometres from Adelaide City. The park holds a
special matchless drive through Cheetah habitat, the biggest Giraffe
herd in the country and a southern white rhinoceros habitat.
Five major habitat exhibits have been developed, including the Asian
steppes, arid North Africa, African plains and Asian grasslands. Its
home to many African, Asian, Australian and American mammals like Addax,
African Lion, American Bison, Americas Barbary Sheep, Blackbuck,
Cheetah, Chital Deer, Dromedary Camel, Eland, Giraffe, Greater Bilby,
Malleefowl Bird, Meerkat, Przewalski's Horse, Scimitar-horned Oryx,
Southern White Rhinoceros and Yellow-footed Rock Wallaby.
Besides housing only one of its kind breed of animals, the park has
eco-friendly and environmental affable edifice. This fashions the most
unique attractions here. The park is home for the largest re-vegetation
project in the continent. The entire park has vermin-proof fencing in
order to keep the habitat as self-contained as possible.
The amazing part it that the park is not irrigated,
but it is been populated primarily with native flora to cut down on
water consumption and erosion in the semi-arid region. The roads and
trails are constructed of local materials enabling low maintenance
within the sanctuary. Building roads with local material allows easy
re-integrated into the habitat in case a need crops up. Recycling of
waste water is done to conserve it. Solar power is used for electric
fencing needs. The park is a complete showcase of latest environmentally
friendly technology on use for maintenance.
Website:www.monartozoo.com.au Email: Address: Princes Highway, Monarto, Murray Bridge SA 5253 Phone: (08) 8534 4100 Fax: (08) 8534 4077 Opening Times: 9.30am to 5pm, everyday. Admission Price:
Family: $85 (Two adults and two or three children)