PANORAMIC: Richard Elwasfi and Veril Sjarif from Google Street View visited the Monarto Zoo on Wednesday, July 6 to capture 360 degree views of the location to be uploaded to Google Maps. Photo: Supplied.International wildlife fans will be able to explore Monarto Zoo from the other side of the globe, after Google paid the locationavisit this month.
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Vision of the1,500 hectare property, which is home to more than 500 animals and50 species, will become globally accessible later this year.

The project was initiated to circulate and increase internationalinterest in both Monarto and Adelaide Zooand give potential visitors a taste of what the experience is like.

Richard Elwasfi and Veril Sjarif from Google Street Viewvisited Monarto Zoo with a backpack equipped with 15 lenses on Wednesday, July 6.

The Google Street View Trekker captured360-degree panoramic views of the site to provide a visual experience for zoo fanatics worldwide.

The trekker travelled around the zoo mounted on top of a guide bus.

“Our goal is to create a digital mirror of the realworld so that you can virtually explore Australia’s most beautiful and iconic locations online andthen plan your trip to visit them in person,” Mr Elwasfi said.

“We hope that this new Street View imagery encourages more tourists from Australia and aroundthe world to travel to Adelaide to visit these famous zoos.”

The imagery will be uploaded to Google Maps later this year and become incorporated into the Google Street View catalogue of the world.

Zoos South Australia Chief Executive Elaine Bensted said the imagery would enable anyone tovirtually explore Monarto Zoo, giving visitors a way to learn, discover andplan their trip before visiting.

“The digital maps will make our sites even more accessible to the public, connecting people withnature, and hopefully inspire the community to visit us and learn how they can make a differenceto saving species from extinction,” she said.

“The maps will be a fantastic tool for tourism as well, allowing us to give potential visitors from allover the world a taste of what our two fantastic zoos have to offer.”

Monarto Zoo’s African Safari planadvanced this month with in-principle backing from a private investor, an expansion that would alsoputthe location on the global map.

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