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Mini beasts of Cleland

Due to the current COVID-associated risks to our staff and animals, we’ve made the decision to place a temporary pause on this experience, in line with other accredited Zoo and Aquarium Association Australasia Institutions. We understand these special experiences provide a fantastic opportunity for visitors to connect on a deeper level with our animals, our wildlife keepers and with our purpose of helping to Engage, Learn and Conserve.

We will be reviewing the situation regularly to bring our intimate animal experiences back online as soon as we can.


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This tour gives visitors the opportunity to see, touch and learn about the invertebrates here at Cleland Wildlife Park.

Tour Highlights:

Explore the world of invertebrates in the Ocean to Outback Centre with the Invertebrate Coordinator.

Learn fun and crazy facts about the insect world.

Be brave and step outside of your comfort zone – our Invertebrate Keeper will ensure you feel safe at all times.

Have an up-close and personal experience with stick insects.

A great opportunity for budding nature photographers.

Program Details:

Availability: Saturday

Time: 1.30pm - 2.00pm

Number: Maximum of 4 people per group

Age: Minimum age is 13 years old

Duration: 30 minutes

Cost: $20.00

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Please note, this is an intimate and up-close animal encounter. In order to settle and monitor our animals, Cleland’s Wildlife Keepers will also need to get up-close at times.

Masks are therefore a requirement for this experience, regardless of age or any exemptions. By booking this experience you, and any other participants, agree to wear a mask for the duration of the experience. Your cooperation ensures your safety is maintained, while also protecting the wellbeing of our staff and animals. Thank you.

Booking Conditions:

  • Entry to Cleland Wildlife Park is not included. Valid entry is compulsory for all experiences.
  • Tickets can purchased using the online booking system, or at the ticket counter.
  • Only paying participants may participate.
  • If you are late, your tour will still conclude at the designated time.
  • The minimum age is 13 years old.
  • Cancellations made 5 days’ prior to booking will receive a full refund. Cancellations shorter than this period will not be refunded. If a refund is authorised, it will be made within 28 days of booking date.
  • Cancellations by Cleland Wildlife Park may occur due to extreme weather, or other conditions, outside of the park’s control. You will be notified if this is to occur, and will be refunded in full. If a Total Fire Ban day is declared, management reserves the right to cancel the tour.
  • Management reserve the right to cancel tours, for safety reasons, at any time.
  • Participants must follow all instructions given by the Invertebrate Coordinator, for safety reasons.
  • This experience is not accessible by wheelchair.
  • Cleland Wildlife Park does not take responsibility for any injuries sustained.
  • Experience will be cancelled if the temperature is forecast to reach 36 degrees at Mt Barker.
  • All participants must adhere to current government COVID requirements