Wheelchair Access Review
I absolutely love visiting zoos, so of cause we had to visit a zoo while we were in Hobart. We decided on Zoodoo zoo as it is only 20 minutes away by car from Hobart and about 6 kilometers from Richmond.
Zoodoo zoo was fantastic! It isn’t an overly big zoo, but there was still plenty to see and do on the day. Zoodoo Zoo is wheelchair accessible with step free access throughout most parts. When we 1st arrived we walked straight into the ticketing and merchandise shop. To the left took us into the petting zoo and bird aviary area, which lead into a massive play ground area to where the disabled toilet was located. The disabled toilet was a good size and easily accessible.
Zoodoo Zoo Safari Bus Video
Not long after we arrived the safari truck was due to leave. I was very excited to hear the ZooDoo Safari was wheelchair accessible and is included in the admission price. We lined up waiting for the safari truck, curious on how we are going to get on. For access on to the truck there was a permanent concrete ramp that everyone used to get on. The ramp made the entry onto the truck level so there was only a small bump and gap between the ramp and truck entry. They then placed down a small movable ramp for me to access the truck. I was very impressed with their wheelchair access onto the safari truck how it was so simple and basic but worked a treat.
There wasn’t a huge amount of room to move on the truck, but it would still be suitable I feel for a medium size electric wheelchair. I decided to reverse on as there wasn’t any room to turn around once on and then I could face the outside of the truck for the best view.
The safari was so much fun!! We certainly had a ball!! The 1st stop was the emu enclosure. and we were all given a cup of food to feed them. The emus were a little excited with the food in the cups and were certainly not gentle and ate every peace of food in everyone’s cup. They were very funny and laughter was coming from every corner of the truck.
The next stop was the zebras. They were not as excited as the emus, but they were still keen for food of cause. The zoo keeper (safari driver) bought around a bucket of food to everyone where the zebras would come and feed while we could pat them. I had never seen a zebra up close before so that was just awesome!
The last stop was the camels paddock. We could see the camels walking over from the distance, they were so huge and beautiful , and certainly didn’t no anything about personal space. They stuck their heads in and got a good scratch from everyone while munching on some yummy food.
The safari experience was so much fun! I highly recommend it if you visit Zoodoo Zoo.
Accessible Zoodoo Zoo Encounters
After the safari it was time for the lion encounter. The lion encounter is included also in the admission price and is fully wheelchair accessible. We were given some prongs with a piece of meat and all feed the lioness through the cage. She was so gentle and magnificent.
Because we love doing encounters so much, we booked in the marmoset encounter.
The marmoset encounter was the only extra encounter we could do,as the others weren’t accessible. The marmosets enclosure wasn’t fully accessible either but they were willing to let us try. It was a bit tricky but with a bit of maneuvering and a little help I was able to get in the enclosure. There were 2 doors we had to get through to get inside, it was fairly small and there wasn’t a lot of room to move. Thankfully my wheelchair is only small and I managed ok but I did have a bit of trouble getting over the little lip and turning to access the enclosure.
The marmosets were very cute and curious. They loved the wheelchair, and were investigating it from top to toe. They were jumping around everywhere and chewing on live meal worms.
I really loved meeting these cheeky little monkeys and highly recommend anyone who would like to meet them to give it a go. A smaller size wheelchair would be most suitable for this encounter due to the sharp turn between the 2 gates to get into the enclosure.
The main pathways within the zoo are step free and wheelchair accessible, however I did have to go off road at times but this wasn’t a problem in my electric wheelchair. I found Zoodoo Zoo wheelchair friendly and accommodating to all guest with all abilities. The staff were very friendly and welcoming, and I am so glad we decided to visit their amazing little Zoo during our Tasmania Adventure.
Zoodoo Zoo Accessible Features
Accessible Parking: Yes
Step Free Pathways: Yes (Some Areas Are Off Road)
Wheelchair Accessible Safari Tour: Yes
Step Free Entryways: Yes
Accessible Gift Shop Access: Yes
Accessible Toilet: Yes
In my opinion I give Zoodoo Zoo 4.5 for wheelchair accessibility, and a 4.5 star for the overall experience
* I was not financially compensated for this review. The review is based on my own opinion and personal experience.*