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Adelaide Zoo has opened the  Variety Children’s Zoo, a $1.1 million precinct built in partnership with the Variety Children’s Charity of South Australia.

The new children’s zoo allows children of all abilities get up close and experience the unique talents, traits and tricks of their furry and feathered friends as well as learning important messages about the role animal care plays in worldwide conservation but also at home.

Variety SA chief executive Mark McGill said Variety was excited to see the opening of the Variety Children’s Zoo.

“It means that children of all abilities will continue to find new ways to explore and build on their connection with nature,” he said.

Nature Theatre manager, Nic Bishop described the new zoo as “An amazing play space for kids filled with interactive areas that allow them to get closer than ever to nature and some of the zoo’s most popular residents. Kids will learn that animals are willing to cooperate with us if we give them a great environment to learn in, coupled with positive reinforcement,” he said. “They can then take what they learn and apply it to their own pets, teaching kids about animal welfare in a way that is fun and educational.

He added that meaningful connection with nature is one of the reasons Adelaide Zoo is a must-visit for kids. “The relationship that children can build with animals creates meaningful outcomes that they can then use with their pets at home. Ultimately, the Variety Children’s Zoo provides kids with the chance to put the building blocks for future conservation goals in place.”

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