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“Mixed feelings...”
Review of Monarto Zoo

Monarto Zoo
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USD 26.33*
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Monarto Zoo General Admission Ticket
Ranked #1 of 3 things to do in Monarto
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Recommended length of visit: More than 3 hours
Reviewed 6 April 2018 via mobile

I've just been twice in 1 month, each time it being a 6hr round trip from home. The first time we left disappointed because even though I could look up daily keeper feeding times the bus program doesn't really fit in with it all. Say if you get off the bus to see a certain animal, you might miss a different animal show and the you'll have to do the whole zoo loop again... if there's enough time left in the day. Some staff aren't very friendly or informative, however I found the volunteers to be a lot more passionate.
The second time we went we had a better understanding of how things went there so planned our day better. We went especially to feed the lions. This cost us $95 pp on top of $30 entry fee. It was a cool experience but we really only got to feed the lions a couple tiny pieces of chicken so probably not worth the money. However I was glad knowing to money goes to the conservation of wildlife. All in all I would recommend going to Monarto Zoo, but have a look online and pre plan your day out so that you can get the best experience. Ps. Perhaps give your paid staff some customer service training.

Date of experience: April 2018
Thank Krisoula
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Reviewed 5 April 2018

Enjoyable zoo, covering a vast amount of land. We arrived early and went on the bus around the zoo. It is large, so the bus is best, at least to get your feel for the scope of the place and where you might want to come back and visit later in the day, especially if you have children. The visitor centre is great, we brought our own food, and there is ample places to sit and relax. The playground was a hit with the kids also.

Date of experience: April 2018
2  Thank Trent S
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Reviewed 31 March 2018 via mobile

Not worth the money at all! Tickets cost $100+ for a family with teenagers, and the zoo only has around 10-15 animals, which too are not that exciting to look at from a bus. The only good part is that it's a different kind of experience, but that too not a very exciting one. Definitely not worth the time and money!

Date of experience: March 2018
Thank Hitarth R
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Reviewed 31 March 2018 via mobile

When was the last time you visited a zoo? School days? Friends’ last visit? When the kids were young? Ok. Don’t feel bad. Go do something about it. Go visit a zoo.

On that I can highly recommend Monarto Zoo just out of Adelaide. For $35 an adult you can spend a full day here being fascinated, challenged, educated and entertained by the small, the tall, the cheeky and the heavy in a wonderful open-plan arrangement that is fabulously run, beautifully maintained and lovingly developed.

The animals are the stars as they must be in any zoo and here they clearly flourish a fact proven by the number of young they all seem to have. The Guides and the seemingly vast army of volunteers are everywhere to advise, assist and ensure that your visit is what you want it to be with the deep knowledge and catchy enthusiasm.

There are food outlets on site but I recommend taking a picnic so you can relax and find your own little corner of safari-land away from everyone else. And go early. On the public holiday we went it got very crowded from around lunch time on.

Full marks to this wonderful place and the people running it. But bouquets (or extra treats) to the animals. Thanks for sharing the planet with us.

Date of experience: March 2018
2  Thank Bunburyoz
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Reviewed 16 March 2018

My family and I travelled more than an hour from Adelaide center to reach the 1500 hectare open range Monarto zoo in South Australia. It was big and large by all standards. The Cheetahs, the Tigers and Lions and all the exotic animals to include the Giraffe, the Rhinos and the Tasmanian devils roam freely around their respective inclosures. It is home to over 500 animals and birds according to zoo authorities.

Because of the vast area of the zoo, visitor rode the busses to tour the area while the animals roam the land as far as the eye can see. It was exciting and educational. It was a whole day worth spending.

Date of experience: March 2018
2  Thank ynadqnor
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