Zebras at Monarto Zoo, South Australia
One of the animal species featured at the open range Monarto Zoo in South Australia is the Plains Zebra. These beautiful animals can be see close up while travelling on one of the zoo buses which take visitors through the zoo. Monarto Zoo, opened to the public in 1993, is a part of the Adelaide Zoo. It is about an hour’s drive south east of Adelaide and close to my home town of Murray Bridge.
Plains Zebras not on the endangered list in their usual habitat in Africa with significant numbers still existing in the wild, though their numbers are declining. You can read more about them on the zoo web page here.
While the web page lists this species as Plains Zebras, I am sure I have heard most guides on the bus tours call them Chapman’s Zebras. Doing a little research I have found that Chapman’s Zebras are actually a subspecies of the Plains Zebra, so I probably missed that part of the commentary given by the guides. Generally the volunteer guides do an excellent job with their commentary during each bus tour, adding plenty of extra information and truly enhancing the zoo experience.