Australia’s Monarto Zoo to start new Eco-Tourism resort

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Monarto Zoo, east of Adelaide, is seeking private investors to help fund a 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.

Opened in 1983, Monarto features a range of African species including giraffe, rhino, lion, cheetah, hunting dogs, hyena, antelope and zebra.

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