There are many exciting animals to see at the zoo and you'll see animals from across the globe during your visit, located just outside of Adelaide. You'll also get up close and personal with the King of the Jungle! Meet lions and learn about their habits during the lion encounter!
Addax, bilbies, cheetah, dromedary, eland – you’ll see an A to Z of animals during your visit to the zoo. With your zoo admission you can spend the day viewing animals (both from Australia and around the world), traipsing our walking tracks, exploring the Visitor Centre and dining in the cafeteria. The highlight of the day is the special Meet The Lions behind-the-scenes tour. You’ll never get closer than this to the world’s ultimate predators. During your tour you will go backstage to observe the lions close up. Stand by as the keepers bring them into their night quarters, feed them and put them to bed. This is your chance to see firsthand the strength these creatures hold and the powerful vocal cords they can unleash. With a maximum of eight people in the group this is a very special experience!
You will also spend some quality time with a qualified keeper, asking them all of those questions you have always wanted to know the answer to. What do lions like to eat? How many are there in the wild today? And what is the life expectancy of the mysterious white lion? Visit the zoo to find out! Please Note: You are required to confirm a booking date before arriving at the Zoo. Once you book a date, you will receive an email from Monarto Zoo confirming your date. Please wait for this email before attending the Zoo.
This experience is available all year round on Tuesdays, Fridays and Sundays only. The zoo is open from 9.30am – 5pm with last entry strictly at 3.00pm. The Lion encounter commences at 3.30pm and goes for 60 minutes. Please arrive at the Visitor Centre 15 minutes prior to your tour.
PLEASE NOTE: Due to the nature of the experience, bookings for this exact experience cannot be guaranteed for more than 3 months from the date of purchase.
The minimum age for this tour is 10 years. Children under 16 years of age must be accompanied by a paying adult.
The price quoted is for one person. There will be a maximum of 6 participants in the lion encounter tour.
This experience may be affected by extreme weather. In the event of poor weather conditions we will contact you to arrange an alternate date.
Wear casual and comfortable clothing and closed-in, practical shoes. Please do not wear red or bright colours as this may disturb the animals.
Videos are prohibited however you are welcome to bring your stills camera. The price includes general admission to the zoo and a place in our special lion encounter tour.
Monarto, SA – approximately 70km south-east of the Adelaide CBD.