When the Adelaide Zoo unveiled their Giant Pandas in 2009 they caused quite a stir. The expensive pandas may have had lines of visitors waiting to see them, but it was debatable whether they were worth the huge amount spent. After a trip to the Adelaide Zoo, even sceptics will have a hard time not falling in love with Wang Wang and Funi. When they're not sleeping you can catch them exploring their enclosures, chewing on bamboo, or playing with some of their toys, but with Adelaide Zoo Panda Tours you can get even closer to these rare creatures.
The Panda Insights and Inspirations Tour is the basic panda experience. You'll visit the zoo early before heading through the bamboo forest. You'll be able to see the pandas released into their daytime enclosure, and there are plenty of photo opportunities before the viewing area fills with other visitors. You'll learn all about the vital food source of the pandas, and find out where the zoo gets all that bamboo. You'll find out more about the pandas, and what they are doing at Adelaide Zoo. As well as the giant pandas you'll also get to learn all about the zoo's resident red panda, and you'll watch them being fed after you meet and greet with the red panda keeper.
After meeting the pandas you'll get a tour of the rest of the animals around the zoo, and you'll have the day to explore on your own. You'll also get vouchers to grab some food, and get discounts at the panda shop.
The Panda Insights and Inspirations Tour is $130 per person, and participants must be at least 6 years old. The tour is available on Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday, and Sunday.
For an even better way to meet the pandas try the Giant Panda Close Encounter. You'll go backstage at the zoo to see the pandas in their night quarters before they're let out to their regular enclosure. You'll spend this time helping the keepers place the bamboo, ready for the pandas when they want a snack.
You'll get to learn all about the daily life of the pandas at the zoo, but you'll find out even more when you have morning tea with the giant panda keeper or the zoo horticulturist. You'll get to chat to them about their job and zoo life, and get behind the scenes information. As part of the package you'll also receive a gift pack and a souvenir of your experience.
The Giant Panda Close Encounter is $495 per person, and participants much be at least 16 years old. The encounter is available on Monday, Wednesday, Saturday, and Sunday.
If you're looking for a cheaper memory of the giant pandas you can also head to the panda shop and get your own green screen photo. You might not be getting close and personal with the pandas, but you'll have a photo that makes it look like you can. The pandas are still available to see every day at the view, and they're fun to watch even without all the bells and whistles.