Monarto Zoo has beaten almost 99 other zoos and aquariums to take out two of the nine Australasian Zoo and Aquarium Association Awards.
Zoos SA was awarded the In-situ Conservation Award for returning Warru (a small Rock-wallaby) back to the APY Lands and was honoured with the Innovation Award after being the first zoo in Australia to use iBeacon technology to develop an app.
"Warru are a small rock-wallaby that live in the arid rocky ranges in central Australia. One of the last colonies became extinct in 2006, and with less than 200 animals remaining in the APY Lands, an emergency captive program was initiated at Monarto Zoo, in conjunction with the establishment of a recovery team."
"Supported by strong community involvement and Traditional Owner commitment, the project has come full circle and in 2017 Warru were reintroduced to the site of their most recent extinction, marking an exciting conservation milestone."
"We were also recognised for our innovative iBeacon app that pushes information straight to your iPhone or iPad and is transforming the traditional way visitors experience Adelaide and Monarto Zoos."
"The exciting new technology acts as a personal tour guide for visitors, providing location-specific information about the zoo, its animals and conservation work at the touch of a button."
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