Cleland Wildlife Park Celebrates 50 Years

Cleland Wildlife Park Celebrates 50 Years

South Australia Minister for Sustainability Environment and Conservation Ian Hunter

New One-On-One Koala Feeding Experience To Attract More International Tourists

Victor P Taffa

Visitors can hand-feed koalas at Cleland Wildlife Park in a new behind-the-scenes tour aimed at encouraging international tourists to add the iconic Adelaide attraction to their Australian itineraries.

“New behind-the-scenes koala feeding tour is an exciting addition to the koala-hold and koala-patting experiences we already offer at Cleland.” Minister for Sustainability Environment and Conservation Ian Hunter said.

“It will provide a more immersive, intimate and in-depth look at koala behaviour, health and feeding habits and will help Cleland become an International Koala Centre of Excellence.”

Launched today, the tour also celebrates Cleland’s 50th anniversary and will let visitors hand-feed eucalyptus leaves to koalas while a keeper shares their expertise on koala behaviour, health and conservation. There will also be an opportunity to help with daily health checks.

Cleland Wildlife Park has updated its koala enclosure in preparation for more visitor interaction with the koalas. The new Round Loft is like a koala pergola it has an insulated roof with an opening at the top to allow airflow, so the koalas will stay cooler in summer and warmer in winter.

“It’s a great gift for locals and tourists alike, allowing them to experience first-hand how Cleland Wildlife Park keepers care for the resident koalas.” Mr. Hunter said.

Koala Hut where the regular koala holds take place is also getting a makeover.


Cleland Wildlife Park opened in 1967 and attracts 110,000 visitors from around the world each year.

Nature-based tourism is expected to inject $350 Million a year into the State’s economy and create 1,000 new jobs by 2020 and continuing to grow Cleland Wildlife Park’s popularity and range of experiences is a key part of this.

It has built its reputation on providing up-close encounters with many of Australia’s most-loved animals including kangaroos, koalas and wombats in a bushland setting.