Australia’s Monarto Zoo to start new Eco-Tourism resort
The zoo plans to offer visitors to the new facilities a wildlife experience similar to those provided by large African game parks.
“This presents a huge and exciting opportunity to do something totally new and authentic,” said Zoos SA chief executive Chris West.
“It will combine eco-tourism and have a direct conservation benefit by featuring African animals in a natural setting and providing space and resources to help save native Australian species from extinction.”
The Monarto Zoo recently acquired another 500 hectares of land so it could offer four-wheel drive safari tours in what is now the largest reserve outside Africa.
With the new development it will also offer overnight accommodation as well as a restaurant service.
South Australian Tourism Minister Jane Lomax-Smith said there was a growing demand for the safari tourism experience.
“We want to make sure that the development and operation is of the highest quality and fills a market niche that has been previously untapped in Australia,” Dr Lomax-Smith said.