Zoos SA has made the 'heart-breaking' decision to close Adelaide Zoo and Monarto Safari Park as the nation attempts to reduce the spread of COVID-19.
For the foreseeable future, visitors will no longer be allowed to attend the parks for the first time in 137 years.
While keepers and veterinarians will continue to look after animals, the organisation predicts some of the workforce will have to be stood down.
Zoos SA Chief Executive made the announcement on Wednesday 25 March.
"As a conservation charity, the vast majority of our revenue comes from our visitors so closure will have an enormous impact," Elaine Bensted's statement read.
"But, one thing I am sure of, is that while COVID-19 tries its best to stop us in our tracks, it cannot and will not stop us from our mission to save animals from extinction."
The organisation said they will try to adapt and bring the zoo to the online world.
"We hope our content will bring a smile to your face, provide some comfort and a little happiness during these unprecedented times. So if you’re not following us already, you can find us on Facebook using @AdelaideZoo and @MonartoSafari and on Instagram using @zoossa."
Photo of a junior keeper, supplied Zoos SA