Animal themes have always been the most popular, popular projects with the widest audience and least affected by the season, and they are also the most popular tourism projects for tourists. Among the many animal-themed tourism options, the zoo is undoubtedly the number one place for tourists.
With the advent of the experience economy, this traditional way of animal tours is far from being able to meet the in-depth needs of tourists for participation, interaction, and experience.
However, the Adelaide Zoo in South Australia, with its super experience, can be popular for a hundred years with unabated popularity.
Adelaide Zoo is the second oldest zoo in Australia and represents an important part of South Australia’s heritage and social history. Since the Adelaide Zoo was first opened to the public in 1883, South Australians have passed on from generation to generation and visited the zoo together. It is currently operated by the South Australian Zoo Independent Conservation Association Zoos SA. Its vision is to protect species from extinction and to connect humans with nature.
The zoo has more than 2500 hectares of animals and more than 250 kinds of exotic and native mammals, birds, reptiles and fishes, which are displayed in the botanical garden of more than eight hectares. In addition to the rich variety of animals, the garden also has a professional gardening team to design, develop, maintain and continuously develop the gardens and sites in the garden to create a natural botanical garden from public areas to animal habitats. These plants include many plants with heritage and cultural value, such as 600-year-old ancient Yacca (Xanthorrhoea sp), Australian wisteria and Moreton Bay fig (Ficus macrophylla) dating back to 1876.
The zoo has always been operating under the principle of scientifically protecting animals and enhancing the experience of tourists, inspiring everyone to contribute to the protection of animals. Entering the courtyard, visitors are like adventurers, walking through the jungle, discovering their connection with native and exotic animals in a natural, unique and exciting environment.
Each animal in the park has a dedicated breeder, and different experience activities are provided for tourists of different ages. For example, children over the age of 16 can explore the life of pandas and make food for them at the only artificially fed giant panda site, while children over the age of 6 can have such an experience at the Little Raccoon Base.
In addition to the most popular giant panda, visitors can also feed various animals, such as feeding giraffes and eating carrots, holding meerkats while observing their diet, feeding giant Aldabra giant tortoises, feeding koalas, and feeding penguins , Feed the lion, feed the tiger, etc. You can also play with them. While playing, you can also understand the life habits and various knowledge of each animal under the explanation of the breeder. For example, the unique patterns on the giraffe and tiger are like human fingerprints. Each animal has Unique, the average length of the giraffe's tongue is 21 inches and so on.
In addition, visitors can also become animal caretakers and learn all about animal care together with animal keepers. Younger children can eat and interact with children’s zoo animals (such as goats, guinea pigs, rabbits and bobtails). ,life. Older children can help prepare animal feed, clean fences and visit restricted areas, and experience life as a zoo keeper.
In 2019, the zoo also invested in the expansion of a children's zoo. The new children’s zoo is equipped with areas suitable for children of various abilities to play and explore, balance beams and ladders for goats, climbing branches and special display areas for bobtail antelopes, and special swings for birds to make them By exercising balance skills, children can learn the meaning of these device designs through personal experience, thereby establishing a trusting relationship with animal friends, and learn to use these technologies to enrich their pets' lives at home.
It is worth mentioning that the Adelaide Zoo is also the first zoo in Australia to use intuitive iBeacon technology. After downloading the app, visitors will receive information about the zoo. When visiting the zoo, the app can also act as a personal tour guide, providing an interactive map with information about the zoo, its animals and conservation efforts at the touch of a button. When walking in the zoo, the app will also remind you of the sights around the zoo and provide interesting and useful information such as species facts, the location of the nearest facilities and educational tools, etc.
At the end of 2015, Adelaide Zoo built a natural play area suitable for children of all ages. It was jointly funded by the garden and the Children’s Fund, and in close cooperation with Wax Design and LCS Landscapes, the original buildings and enclosures were partially demolished. After the protective structure, the landscape remodeling and the design and construction of amusement facilities are carried out, and strive to attract the attention of children in an interesting way, hoping that people can realize the importance of protecting nature in a relaxed atmosphere.
The basic idea of the project is to allow children of different ages, genders, cultural backgrounds and abilities to learn from nature through play, and cultivate their own abilities to make decisions, face challenges bravely, self-regulate and discover beautiful things. Therefore, the natural amusement park is equipped with leisure and entertainment devices suitable for all ages. It is not only suitable for children, but adults can also come here to enjoy the beautiful scenery. It is a very inclusive playground. After completion, it immediately became the most popular area for children and families and always full of vitality in the park.
The landscape of the playground is based on the four biomes of forest, grassland, river and desert. The forest area retains the original tall trees on the site and is equipped with abundant forest plant species. The climbing games are mainly based on log piles providing structural support; the grassland area is dominated by low shrubs and bamboos, with climbing games. Amusement facilities such as climbing, plant mazes, slides and trampolines; the riverside area is the best place for children to play in the water. There are water interactive facilities such as creeks, rivers, and musical fountains in this area. Cool and interesting and rich sensory experience; the desert area is covered with sand, and there are huge sand pits, viaduct slides, circular sand pools and other projects for children to play. These biomes provide many educational opportunities for children to learn in the natural environment. For example, streams represent aquatic ecosystems that include water amusement, and sand pits show the hot desert environment.
The 4-meter-high skywalk and wooden viewing points span most of the site, allowing visitors to overlook the entire natural amusement park area and most of the zoo. Regardless of age or mobility, they can be accessed by wheelchair.
The trail also combines children’s favorite slides, tubular spiral slides, climbing frames, crawling nets, suspension bridges, pod climbing poles, and wind chimes to bring visitors an innovative and challenging amusement experience. At the same time, more The ground space is liberated.
The area also includes public toilets that are accessible to the disabled, a new parent rest area and a hidden functional area suitable for birthday parties and other unique functions.
Another design highlight of the playground is sustainability throughout each project. Important trees are preserved and cultivated in the site, in conjunction with the newly planted plants. As a long-term shading strategy for the park, many elements have also been recycled and reused, such as rocks, logs, seats, sculptures, paving, plants, and soil. . Renewable materials are also used in many game elements, especially recycled wood and rope.
Since the park was built and opened in 2015, the zoo has rejuvenated its vitality and has become the premier natural amusement destination in Adelaide, South Australia. It broke the record for the highest number of visitors to the zoo over the years, and has also driven zoo members and An unprecedented increase in the number of sponsors.