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With winter behind us, Adelaide and Monarto Zoos are inviting visitors to celebrate the changing seasons during the spring school holidays.

Visitors will explore the beautiful surroundings of both zoos and learn handy hints on how to transform their gardens at home to attract more native birds and animals as well as participate in fun nature-themed activities each day.

One lucky visitor will take home a gardening voucher package valued at $900 thanks to the teams at Golden Grove, Peats Soil, Garden Supplies and Neutrog. Through completing a special activity trail, children will also go in the draw to win their very own gardening package, perfect for little budding green thumbs!

Learn more about some of the unique and heritage plant life at Adelaide Zoo on the free walkabout tours and take a self-guided walk along the many walking tracks at Monarto Zoo to see some of the hidden gems that are a part of the zoo landscape.

Adelaide Zoo Acting Senior Panda Keeper, Lucy Catt says that spring is a great time to get out and visit the zoo.

"With the beautiful weather forecasted for spring, what better time to get out of the house, and come to the zoo! With the warmer weather and longer days, many of the zoo animals become very active and are great to watch," Lucy said.

Special keeper presentations will focus on how the spring weather awakens our animals and extra 'Meet the Keeper' sessions will allow visitors to interaction with those responsible for caring for the animals and provide an opportunity to ask questions.

So come out of hibernation these spring holidays and explore the green surrounds of our beautiful zoos!

For more information on the spring school holiday program, including all activity dates and times please head to the Zoos SA website.

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The 2014 Adelaide Zoo Giant Panda breeding season has come to an end for another year. Adelaide Zoo staff are very pleased with the natural breeding behaviours both pandas displayed this year, in particular the dominant male behaviours Wang Wang displayed.

Although a competent mating did not take place this year, the four days of introductions between Wang Wang and Funi gave the young pair an invaluable opportunity to build their breeding skills.

As Adelaide shifts its focus from pandas back to football, and its other black and white (and teal) star team, the signs look good that the panda pair will progress from the rookie list to the big time next year.

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The 2014 Adelaide Zoo Giant Panda breeding season is underway as behavioural observations and hormone analysis in the last 24 hours indicate Funi is heading towards the peak of her yearly oestrous cycle.

Introductions between Wang Wang and Funi began this morning in the night quarters of the panda building where the pair can be closely monitored by Adelaide Zoo staff.

Adelaide Zoo Veterinarian, Dr David McLelland says hormone analysis indicates Funi is currently heading towards the peak of her oestrous cycle.

"In the last 24 hours we have seen a significant change in Funi's behaviour and hormone analysis indicates she is close to ovulation," David said.

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As the temperature across Adelaide begins to rise, so too have Giant Panda, Funi's hormone levels, marking the official start to the 2014 Adelaide Zoo Giant Panda breeding season.

Behavioural and physiological signs indicate Wang Wang and Funi are within days of the yearly breeding season as zoo keeping and veterinary staff work hard to finalise preparations.

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With beautiful spring weather forecasted, Monarto Zoo is inviting the public to join in the festivities at their ever-popular Westpac Animal Play Day this Sunday 14 September.

Zoo residents and visitors alike are in for a treat, with a ton of fun activities planned including a showcase of animal enrichment activities aimed at stimulating animals' wild, playful instincts.

Monarto Zoo Team Leader of Primates and Carnivores, Anna Bennett says that enrichment is an important part of the animals' lives at the zoo.

"Enrichment is a part of the daily routine at Monarto Zoo. Whether it's introducing new scents and textures, hiding food in puzzles or toys or participating in training programs, we make sure that each of the animals we care for are both mentally and physically stimulated," Anna said.

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