In The Courier this week

An artist’s impression of the cage area where visitors will feel as if they are right among the lion pride in the heart of the big cats’ enclosure.

Into the lions’ den

Visitors to Monarto Zoo will be able to walk right into the lions’ den when a new attraction opens later this year.
The $1.4m Predator Experience will allow people to step into a cage in the heart of the lions’ enclosure for an Australia-first experience that will bring them face to face with the king of beasts.
Zoos SA estimates the facility, expected to open in December, will draw an extra 3000 visitors a year and bring in an additional $1m in spending for the region.
The project is being funded through a $360,000 State Government grant, $350,000 from the Federal Government’s Tourism Demand Driver Infrastructure program and $720,000 from Zoos SA.

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Also in this week’s issue

  • Entrance statement: Visitors to Hahndorf will soon receive a grand welcome when entering the popular tourist town.
  • Projectile threat: Motorists travelling on the freeway are being warned to watch out for people throwing rocks and other objects after a spate of incidents.
  • Nairne makeover: Nairne’s main street will undergo a $350,000 makeover to help beautify the town and encourage investment in local businesses.
  • Red apples: A new variety of red-fleshed apple could help play a key role in sustaining the fragile Hills apple industry, a local primary producer has said.
  • School success: There must be something in the water at Hahndorf with both of the town’s primary schools recording substantial improvements in their NAPLAN testing.

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