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Adelaide animal lovers annual must-attend event
The 2019 Adelaide Animal Expo will be bigger than ever this year, with several new features, displays and demonstrations, as well as all the regular attractions. A must attend event for all South Australian animal lovers, it will once again be held in the Adelaide Showgrounds air-conditioned Wayville Pavilion. The dates for the Expo are Saturday 6th and Sunday 7th of April with doors opening at 10.00am each day and closing at 5.00pm.
Meet and interact with lots of animals, including dogs, at the Expo.
The Expo provides an interesting and enjoyable day out for pet owners, animal lovers and families with children. It also offers prospective pet owners an ideal opportunity to see and compare different breeds of dogs, cats and other animals, with advice from breeders and owners to help them chose the ideal pet for their family and circumstances.
Dr Harry will be available to meet people and answer their questions.
Visitors to the Expo will be able to see, touch and cuddle hundreds of animals including many different breeds of dogs and cats, lizards, snakes, rabbits, cavies (guinea pigs), miniature ponies and horses, poultry, caged birds, ferrets, fish and rescued wildlife. The owners and handlers of these animals will be happy to talk about them and answer any questions.
A wide variety of animals will be on display at the Animal Expo.
New this year will be a large display of Miniature Horses and Ponies, including some exciting activities. Saturday will showcase a performance, in which Miniature Ponies will be completing an obstacle course, including jumping. It will also include a long-reigning demonstration by the Australian Miniature Pony Society and Miniature Horse Association. On Sunday, expo visitors will be able to watch Miniature Pony adults and foals competing in a Show.
Miniature Ponies and Horses will be on show and giving demonstrations.
Another attraction at the expo will be a Rabbit Showcase, exhibiting a wide range of different Rabbit breeds. In addition, the South Australian Rabbit Association will present an extended Rabbit Jumping demonstration and members of the association will be available to talk to visitors and supply information on keeping rabbits as pets.
Rabbits of all shapes and sizes will be at the Expo and some will be giving jumping demonstrations.
Well known veterinarian, Dr Harry Cooper from Better Homes and Gardens, will again be the star attraction at the 2019 Animal Expo. Dr Harry will appear on stage twice each day, at 11.00am and 2.30pm, to speak about choosing and caring for pets. He will also be available in between stage appearances to meet individual members of the public and answer questions about their animals.
Dr Harry will be on stage twice each day speaking about choosing and caring for pets.
The Feline Association of South Australia and the Governing Council of the Cat Fancy in South Australia will have both have a large display of cat breeds at the expo, with members on hand to answer questions and promote responsible pet care. Expo visitors will be able to wander through the displays, viewing, stroking and comparing different breeds and speaking to their owners. There will also be a multi-ring Championship cat show run by Australian National Cats Inc.
Cute cats and kittens will tug at visitors' heart-strings.
Another first for the Adelaide Animal Expo will be 'Groom Adelaide', a two-day professional dog grooming competition, featuring groomers from around Australia. The competition covers both purebred and mix breed dogs of all sizes, and groomers ranging from novice to master. Styling will include breed specific, everyday salon and Asian inspired.
Snakes and Lizards will be on view but safely contained in the Snake Pit.
In a new demonstration at the expo, the Urban Search and Rescue response unit will showcase their Search and Rescue Dogs, displaying their emergency service skills and training. The USAR is an emergency response unit working with multiple agencies that respond to major incidents involving structural collapse, such as following an earthquake or cyclone. The USAR Taskforce focuses on the role the dogs play in searching for victims of disaster.
Have you ever touched a snake? You will have an opportunity to do so at the Animal Expo.
The Adelaide Snake Catchers will have their usual display at the Expo. Visitors will be able to view snakes in the Snake Pit and will also have the opportunity to hold a snake or reptile and gain expert advice on living with wildlife.
Kangaroo joeys and a number of other native species will be on display at the Animal Expo.
Wilbur's Wildlife will bring a range of 15 species of native animal to display at the Expo. They will also have a colouring-in station for the children and a nature garden to show Expo visitors how to help attract some of our native species to their gardens.
Ducks and other poultry make good pets too. Learn about them at the Animal Expo.
The South Australian Poultry Association will be presenting a large variety of poultry in their expo display, including a number of the various breeds of hens and bantams. Their members will be on hand to offer advice on responsible care and management of poultry.
Leading animal experts, including veterinarians, will be available to speak to people on a wide range of animal topics. Pet sitters, boarding facilities, groomers, pet food manufacturers, and pet and wildlife rescue organisations will all answer questions and provide information on their services.
Many stalls will be selling all kinds of animal and pet accessories and treats.
Visitors to the expo will be able to view an enormous range of pet products including pet beds, rugs and mats, cat furniture, bowls, leads, grooming equipment, pet clothing, toys, animal enclosures, food and treats. Many of these items will be on sale at special Expo prices, giving pet owners a great opportunity to purchase something new or a special treat to take home for their own animals.
Two Animal Nurseries will give many children an opportunity to safely interact with a variety of animals.
The two walk-through animal nurseries are always a very popular attraction at the expo. Filled with lambs and sheep, goats and kids, calves, piglets, poultry, rabbits and other small animals, they will delight and enchant many children and give them an opportunity to cuddle and interact with animals they may not normally be familiar with. Many parents enjoy the opportunity provided by the animal nursery to take photos of their children' reactions as they meet, touch and cuddle the animals.
Admission prices for the Animal Expo are $12.00 for Adults and $10.00 for pensioners. Children under 15 are admitted free if accompanied by an adult.
The admission price also includes admission to The Sunday Mail Home Living Expo. South Australia's biggest home and lifestyle event, the Home Living Expo is packed with ideas, advice, great deals and entertainment. You will be able to see and buy the latest in home renovations, furnishings, décor and outdoor living and learn from industry experts at do-it-yourself demonstrations and seminars.
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There will be plenty to see and do at the Animal Expo.
The venue is wheelchair friendly with toilets and baby change facilities. A variety of food and drinks will be available in the food court outside the Wayville Pavilion where there is a good supply of tables and chairs if you wish to sit down to eat.
Getting to the Adelaide Showgrounds is easy with a wide variety of travel options available.
Bus – Several routes service the Showground with bus stops 1 or 2 on Goodwood Road being the most convenient to the Adelaide Showground. A bus ride from the city will take approximately 15 minutes. Timetable information is available from Adelaide Metro.
Tram – A tram departs from Victoria Square in the city and from outside the Adelaide Railway Station every 20 minutes, and takes five-minutes to reach Goodwood Road Station, Stop 3. It is then a five-minute walk from the tram stop to the Adelaide Showground. Timetable information is available from Adelaide Metro.
Train –The Adelaide Showground Station is located on the south-eastern corner of Anzac Highway and Greenhill Road and is fully integrated with the Showground. Timetable information is available from Adelaide Metro. Your text goes here
Bike Track – Cycling is a great way to access the Adelaide Showground from all areas. For suggested routes check out the SA Government's Cycling Maps.
* Taxi – The Adelaide Showground is a five-minute taxi ride from the Adelaide CBD and a 15-minute journey from Adelaide Airport. Taxis can be called for pickup from the Goyder Forecourt on Goodwood Road, or the Rose Terrace entrance.
Car – The Adelaide Showground is bounded by Goodwood Road, Greenhill Road and Anzac Highway and is easily accessible from all three arterial roads. Off-street, ticketed parking using Automated Parking technology can be accessed on the showgrounds via the Leader Street gate or the Rose Terrace gate.
Parking prices are: First half hour Free
˝ to 2 hours $4.00
2 to 24 hours $10.00
People on foot can enter the showgrounds via the Kidman gate on Rose Terrace or the Ridley gate on Goodwood Road.
Make a note of the Animal Expo dates – 6th and 7th April – in your diary right now to ensure that you don't miss a great day out for the whole family.
Please note that visitors' pets cannot be brought into the event.