South Australian wildlife
So many types of animal call South Australia their home, from native Australian animals, to giant pandas. If you love animals then you’ll have plenty of chances to see all kinds of creatures in their natural environments or in the many wildlife parks and zoos.
Native Australian animals in the wild
If you’re looking for a Kangaroo the best place to start has to be Kangaroo Island. Seven times the size of Singapore, this flora-rich island is full of wildlife, notably kangaroos, koalas, platypus, sea lions and possums.
Flinders Chase National Park is the largest conservation park, taking up most of Kangaroo Island’s western side. Here you will find the wind-sculpted Remarkable Rocks, Admirals Arch and many endangered animal species.
If you’re on the search for animals living below the water then head to Eyre Peninsula. Here you can come face-to-face with the oceans most fearer creatures – great white sharks! The region also offers you an amazing opportunity to experience and interact with wildlife including swimming with sea lions, dolphins and tuna fish.
In Eyre Peninsula you have the chase to see whales on land or water. For an experience on land, head to Eyre Peninsula’s Head of Bight viewing platform over the Southern Ocean, here you’ll have the chance to see the southern right whales.
Whales journey to the Eyre Peninsula in early winter, giving birth in the water. In the middle of the season, see bull whales try to attract a mate by breaching and slapping their tails on the surface.
Get closer to these magnificent creatures by boarding a boat and embarking on a whale watching tour from Fowlers Bay.
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Zoos & wildlife parks
It’s not just native Australian animals you’ll find in South Australia the wildlife parks and zoos are home to animals all over the world.
Visit Adelaide zoo and find over 300 different species of exotic and native animals. birds, reptiles and fish. Two of zoo’s most popular creatures are the pair of pandas - Wang Wang and Funi. They are Australia’s only giant pandas and the only giant pandas in the southern hemisphere.
Opposite the zoo you’ll find the famous Adelaide Botanic Garden, which is free to visit and walk around.
For a safari experience head to Monarto Zoo, a 1,000 hectare open range zoo which is home to animals from all over the world. Take the Zu-Loop Shuttle around the park or walk the trails.