Recently while in Perth among the many things that I chose to do was a visit to the Perth Zoo I had heard a lot about this Zoo and I was not dissapointed..Extremely well set out with an abundance of different diversity of species to be seen..I took the ferry from the city's Barrack St. Jetty across the Swan River to the Mends St Jetty and then a ten minute walk to the zoo follow the signs..
OPEN DAILY 9 AM TO 5 PM
Just been to the zoo with an English visitor and pleasantly surprised!! Lots of it has been updated with the animals in much more conducive environments and it seems very much friendlier for the tourist!!
We only had a couple of hours to spare so we confined ourselves to the Australian section appropriately named "Australian walkabout". This took us through a number of enclosures specific to Australia including reptiles , birds, kangeroos, emus, numbats, wombats, dingoes and koalas. All very pleasant and especially good for our visitor when a kangeroo wandered onto the footpath and I was able to take a photo while it sniffed his leg. It could not have been any closer for him if we had planned it!!
I have included two short videos: one of a Koala Bear up close and a little Devil!!
The coffee shop was OK too. $3.50 for a coffee so reasonable.
Parking is either off Mill Point Road or Labochere? Road. $1.00 an hour.
The only down side the cost!! $19.00 for an adult!! $15.00 seniors and concession holders.
The zoo created landscapes to show animals in their natural habitat - wetlands, bush, deserts, jungle. The roomy cages, some of them walkable, are integrated in those landscapes. The dense vegetation offers lots of hiding spots, which is great for the animals but less fortunate for visitors. The beautiful trees should not be overlooked.
They divided the zoo into three main areas: Australian Walkabout, African Savannah, Asian Rainforest. As non-Aussies, we focused mostly on the Australian animals.
Background explanations are given on the animals, plants, landscapes to make visitors aware of ecology and its complex problems.
A special attraction is the Nocturnal House - unfortunately we didn't see too many of the animals in there, was it due to our lack of patience and short-sightedness or the animals' camouflage and opportunities to hide?
Still, this was a great way to spend our jet-lagged first day.
Entrance fee: Adults $ 18,-
...and his new little half-brother, Nyaru , the newest additions to Perth Zoo's orang utan family. Their father is a hunky young male named Dinar who camed from Canada just 3 years ago, setting the lady orang's hearts aflutter and promptly getting down to the serious business of breeding. Hopefully, there'll be more babies to come but meantime these two little fellows are delighting the visitors and their proud mums alike.
Nyaru's the most recent birth at the zoo (October 20, '07) and he's still clinging very close to his mother but there are silvery and white-cheeked gibbon young who are putting on a fine show for visitors. You'll find them all in the Asian Rainforest section of the zoo.
Meanwhile, down in the African Savannah, Bakari, the young rhino calf is growing fast and in the Australian Bushwalk the Tasmanian Devils are doing their darndest to find an escape route out of their enclosure.
There is always something new to see at the Zoo. It's open every day of the year from 9-5. Admission is $16 and once in you need not spend any more money, though a map will cost you a dollar (there is good signage and several big general maps around the place so you can manage quite well without one). There are cafes but there are also plenty of picnic spots and even free barbecues if you fancy a sausage sizzle.
Ask at the visitor's centre about keepers' talks that take place at different locations all through the day. There are free docent-led guided walks each day and docents are on duty from 9.30 -3 to answer any questions.
Cool days are best for animal spotting -well -you'd find the coolest, quietest spot for a snooze on a hot day if you could too, wouldn't you? Late afternoon in summer will certainly be a better time for your visit than the heat of midday. Humans need to keep cool too - if you're driving, parking under the pines in the free Labouchere Road carpark means your car will be in shade when you leave in the afternoon.
The Perth Zoo is 108 years old and the amazing thing about it is how close it is to the city. There are a large number of animals to view with a great emphasis on Australian animals & birds. The zoo makes sure there is a number of activities throughout the day to keep the public interested. The exhibition my children like is the lions & tigers plus the feeding of the otters. My favourite is the giraffe enclosure. It is set in the African Savannah but somehow as you round the corner you never expect too see a tall and very graceful creature such as the Giraffes of the Perth Zoo. Of course we cannot ignore the wonderful efforts in the Oragutan enclosure or the scary feeling when visiting the Nocturnal House
Perth Zoo is a great place to spend the day when you are in Perth. There is plenty to see and do at Perth Zoo, some of which would be the native animals that are found in WA.
There are also plenty of other animals to see, such as the big cats, elephants and giraffe's.
The Entry Fee for Adults is A$16 and children are A$8.
Why not stay and have a picnic while you are there as there are plenty of places to sit in the sun and take a break from the excitement.
One of the wildlife species you will see is the Plumed Whistling-duck which is normally found in Northern and Eastern Australia all the way down to Victoria. The bird feeds on plant material and lives mainly in dams, water holes, lagoons and grasslands. It is also known as the Grass Whistling Duck.
In the Australian Walkabout area you will find the Tasmanian Devils. These are Australia's largest carnivorous (meat-eating) marsupial, roughly about the same size as a large domestic cat. They are black with a white bank on the chest and hindquarters and have powerful jaws and teeth which can crush something around 4 times their size . The Tasmanian Devils are nocturnal and usually spend their daytime sleeping in dens which they make in hollow logs, caves or even old wombat burrows. Mating time is between February and September.
The Old Mill Theatre is housed in the old Mechanics Institute Hall which was built in 1899. Later it became Miss Bumet’s School, Neeamarra School, South Perth High School, Mends Street Hall, Raith Girls Grammar School, St Anne’s College – quite a lot of occupants during the years.
Today the building is home to the Old Mill Theatre Company. The community based theatre company presents six productions a year.
Another one of the wetland species is the Little Pied Cormorant which is one of the most common of Australia's waterbirds. The Little Pied Cormorant is a smaller variety of the Pied Cormorant with a shorter bill. These little birds duck-dive below the surface of the water and look for crabs and fish during the day.
There is a small enclosure featuring the Ring-tailed Lemur. Only 6 people are allowed in at one time to see this father and 2 sons in their natural habitat. From Madagascar, they are usually a noisy mammal and spends most of the time on the ground however they are also good tree-climbers. They are characteristic with the long ringed tail, large eyes and long snout. Lemurs are primates, mammals and closely related to monkeys, apes and humans.
The Brolga is one of two Australian cranes. They are usually found in northern and eastern states of Australia although when the wetlands dry out, they will fly great distances seeing food. There is an Aboriginal legend which relates to Bralgah, a young and pretty girl who was turned into a bird beause she was always dancing instead of working. She kept her own height, slenderness and love of dancing which can be seen in the Brolga’s. Whole flocks of Brolga’s unite in complicated dance movements, which are imitated by aboriginal in corroborees.
The Cassowaries are a large flightless bird and are normally very shy although can lash out with their claws when confronted or cornered. There are 3 species of which the Southern Cassowary is found in Queensland’s north mainly in rainforests. Where the rainforests have been cleared, the Cassowaries are vulnerable to dogs. They are a little strange looking with what appears to be a helmet sitting on top of their head. They are the only bird in the world to have any type of protective armour. The Perth Zoo has the Double Wattle Cassowary.
The Little Penguins are the smallest of all penguins and the only species permanently living in the waters of Australia from the southern coast across to New South Wales and down to Tasmania. Their diet consists of anchovies, pilchards, whitebait and squid and usually fish within 5 metres of the surface. Adult s can grow to 40cms but only weigh about 1 kilo. Their enemies are sharks and seals.
The Frilled Necked Lizards are also call the Frilled Dragons… there is one within the reptile exhibit . They live in dry forests and woodlands in the northern parts of Australia. The males are more brightly coloured than the females and when they need to escape an enemy, they can run very fast on the two hind legs. When they are frightened they open their mouths wide which produces a ruffle or frill to open up like an umbrella.