Adelaide Zoo named South Australia’s top tourism attraction for 2017

Adelaide Zoo can now lay claim to being South Australia’s leading tourism attraction.

We’re thrilled to share the news Adelaide Zoo was named Major Tourist Attraction of the Year last night at the 2017 South Australian Tourism Awards.

Adelaide Zoo was also named the most popular attraction as voted by the public, taking out the inaugural RAA People’s Choice Tourism Award.

The awards recognise the best tourism operators and products across the state.

Zoos South Australia Chief Executive Elaine Bensted said the awards were recognition of the zoos’ important contribution to the local tourism economy and dedication to providing innovative tourism experiences.

“With almost 60 incredible tourism operators listed as finalists, it’s a great honour to have Adelaide Zoo recognised as South Australia’s leading tourism attraction for 2017,” Elaine said

“For more than a hundred years, visitors from all over Australia and the world have been experiencing the wonder of wildlife at Adelaide Zoo.

“Our record breaking visitor numbers of 455,837 in 2016-17 confirm our position as South Australia’s largest pay-to-enter tourist attraction and one of Australia’s major tourism attractions.

“Thanks to our unique and innovative tourism products, services and experiences, more intrastate, interstate and international visitors are coming through our gates than ever before.

“Where else in Australia can you step off a busy CBD street and in minutes be knee-high to a giraffe, sharing lunch with a Ring-tailed Lemur or feel the wind on your face from the wings of a Blue and Gold Macaw as it flies just centimetres from you?

“It’s a very exciting time at Adelaide Zoo and with the ongoing implementation of our 20-year Master Plan in place; we’re firmly focused on the future.

“On behalf of the entire zoo family, I’d like to say thank you to the community for helping us achieve these amazing awards and allowing us to continue to connect more people with nature and inspire a love for wildlife.”

Only a short walk from the Adelaide CBD, Adelaide Zoo spans over eight hectares and is home to more than 2500 animals and 250 different species of natives and exotic mammals, birds, reptiles and fish.

Adelaide Zoo will now go on to represent South Australia at the Qantas Australian Tourism Awards early next year.

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About Zoos SA

Zoos SA is a not-for-profit conservation charity that exists to connect people with nature and save species from extinction.

Zoos SA acknowledges the Country on which we stand always was, and always will be, Aboriginal land and we pay our deepest respect and gratitude to Kaurna (Adelaide Zoo) and Ngarrindjeri (Monarto Safari Park) Elders, past, present and emerging.

We undertake critical conservation work throughout Australia and acknowledge the traditional custodians of these lands.


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