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SA Restrictions Lift, Monarto Welcomes Back Visitors

74905572 3183339955058845 6486377262170405709 nSouth Australia is getting back to business from today with stage 3 of the lifting of  restrictions.

The density rule for venues has now changed from 1 person per 4 square metres, to 1 person per 2, effectively doubling capacity.

Other services to reopen are food courts with on-site consumption, gaming rooms and facilities in pubs, and spas and saunas.

Monarto Safari Park Re-Opens

Monarto Safari Park will reopen its gates to the public today after a COVID-19-induced 14-week closure.

Four new Lion Cubs are in good health and ready to meet the public after officially being named over the weekend.

The public were asked to vote for their favourite name for the three females from a list of six names.

The winning names were: Chikondi meaning love, Adira meaning majestic and Zahara meaning flower. Working closely with the lions means that keepers were able to match these names with the lions’ personalities, behaviours and looks.

The public were then asked to come up with an African-inspired name for the one male cub. The winning name, Kahari, was suggested by a number of entrants. Kahari means ‘King like’ which is fitting for a future leader of a pride.

Zoos SA Chief Executive Elaine Bensted says she’s thrilled to be able to welcome visitors back to Monarto Safari Park but has stressed the importance of pre-booking tickets for both sites to guarantee a spot. 

“Since Adelaide Zoo reopened and we announced that Monarto Safari Park will be reopening, we have been inundated with enquiries and demand for tickets. Adelaide Zoo was fully booked out over the weekend and sadly we had to turn many people away," Zoos SA Chief Executive Elaine Bensted said.

Keeper talks will continue and viewing platforms will remain open but visitors are asked to maintain a 1.5 metre distance from others.

Experiences, except Lions 360, will be on hold until further notice.

Click here for information on pre-purchasing tickets and click here for more information on Zoos SA's COVID-related changes.

Visitors will need to book ahead.

Photo of lion cubs at Monarto Safari Park supplied by Zoos SA