Variety Children's Zoo at Adelaide Zoo adds to Nature's Playground for youngsters of all levels

Adelaide's Variety Children's Zoo will enable close-up experiences with quokkas, bettongs and other animals.
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Adelaide Zoo’s new and improved Variety Children’s Zoo, linked to the popular Nature’s Playground, will give children an interactive and immersive experience with animals such as quokkas, critically-endangered bettongs, goats and many more.

The $1.1 million project in 2019 is the product of a zoo partnership with Variety, the Children’s Charity of South Australia, who gave $300,000 towards it. The children’s zoo will feature two-level elements, balance beams and ladders for goats, climbing branches for the quokkas, a dedicated presentation area for keepers to give educational talks, and aerial walkways linking the new children’s zoo to Nature’s Playground.

As with its support for Nature’s Playground, opened in 2015, Variety was keen to extend the zoo experience to more children who are sick, disadvantaged or who have special needs.

Nature’s Playground includes equipment built on nature-play principles that stimulate all the senses, and suitable for all abilities, through climbing structures, water play features, a natural creek bed and aerial walkways. The precinct also has disability-friendly toilets, a parents’ room and an area suitable for birthday parties and other gatherings. The playground’s aerial walkway gives a bird’s-eye view of the zoo, Adelaide CBD and the riverbank.

 In the Variety Children’s Zoo, a larger-than-life installation will take centre stage of the area, and for $50, people can buy a tile with their photo to remain there as part of a “be the face” promotion. 

Adelaide Zoo also conducts other ongoing activities for children, including its school holiday programs, run by conservation educators and other qualified teachers

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