The exhibit was opened in 1997 to coincide with World Environment Day with an array of snakes, lizards, frogs and tortoises both from overseas as well as some of Western Australia’s unique species of reptile fauna. One of the snakes housed in the enclosure is one of the world’s largest snakes, the Reticulated Python.
The Reptile Encounter has some interesting specimens housed in a 300 sqm indoor exhibit. There are more than 20 different species of both reptiles and frogs combined all living within what would be their natural habitat. There are daily presentations by the reptile keepers.
The zoo of course caters for children and not just with the animals. There is a large playground which especially caters for children with special needs. The old fashioned carousel is also very popular. The zoo will cater for children’s birthday parties as well.
The zoo has quite a collection of monkeys ranging from the Black-Handed Spider Monkeys, the White-Cheeked Gibbons and the Bolivian Squirrel Monkey. Two of these can be found on the sanctuary island in the middle of the lake where they are safe in a natural habitat surrounded by water.
Perth Zoo was opened in 1898 as originally a recreation and entertainment area and began with two lions, a tiger and six staff. In July 1902, ed the Duke and Duchess of York visited and planted two Norfolk Island pine trees which are located behind the current Australian Bushwalk and are referred to as the King and Queen trees. With the sandy soil, and trying to establish trees and gardens, the zoo had to bring in two loads of manure twice a day by horse and cart from East Perth (a 10km return trip) to improve composition of the soil. A lot of the bamboo and palms you see today were planted prior to 1898 and the zoo’s opening.
I visited this zoo when I first moved to Perth to live and wasn’t too impressed. Some years later on another visit I found they had improved it a lot although compared to some overseas zoo’s, it still has a long way to go. There are several special exhibits like the Orang-utans and elephants and of course a good selection of Australian wildlife. In the summer they have twilight concerts every Saturday featuring live music on the main lawn.
Open from 9.00 am to 5.00 pm every day of the year
Perth Zoo was opened in 1898. Then it was just basicly an oval park, with beautiful plants and flowers, that had live music every Saturday.
107 years later, the Perth Zoo is now a place where the community can come together and learn about animals and nature, and how we can all make a difference in preserving them, and their fragile way of life.
Perth Zoo has had a major face lift in the last 10 years, to upgrade its facilities in order to better provide for the animals that make their home there. The Zoo is also laid out now, to take you inside the world of the animals. Theres an Australia Walkabout, that features all of Australias most famous animals and wildlife. Theres the Asian Rainforest, where you can find Elephants, Orangutans, and Tigers to just name a few. The African Safari is filled with Giraffes, Rhinos, Lions, Cheetas, and Baboons, plus much more. Theres giant crocs , big snakes, ugly lizards, tropical birds, and i have only named 11 of the 1800 animals, and 230 species that are housed with the Zoo walls.
A most pleasant experience, with plenty of photo opps. For more about the Perth Zoo. Visit the following link to their website. Perth Zoo
Perth's excellent zoo is one of the most remote in the world, and boasts a remarkable collection of creatures in some very pretty gardens, with landscaping around the cages that rivals some of the best theme parks in the world. The cages themselves are so large, sometimes it's difficult to see the animals inside.
There are three main zones. Australian Walkabout has a long curving path through various different types of Australian vegitation. You can get up close to the kangaroos and koala. And, indeed, the tree climbing kangaroos, which are Perth's Zoo speciality. Halfway along the trail there is the Australia homestead, which is as energy efficient as it can possibily be. As well as looking very pretty, you can try turning on the lights, and see just how much energy the house needs. Outside it has the permaculture garden, demonstrating that an Australian garden need not be a copy of an English one. The Western Woodlands, the stark arid Interior, and South East Forest regions make up the walkabout, and a tropical rainforest environment rounds out this Australian journey.
There is a long walk through the AsianRainforest which has water dripping from the trees, and monkeys underneath you.
In the midst of the Rainforest is the Saltwater Crocodile exhibit. You can watch this fearsome creature, watching you, just inches away through the glass.
A very beautiful & respectfull zoo ! If you have kids, it's a place you can't miss ! If you don't have any, let's come back to that time and go say hello to the Kangaroos, Koalas, Kookaburaa and other friends of our natures :-)
Visit Perth Zoo, Kingspark (u can see the full view of the city), Fremantle, Swan River, Crocodile farms, Cottesloe Beach, Burswood Casino, City Centre, Subiaco Market, Hillary Marina and Rottnest Island
Fremantle Market on Sunday - the best choice to find unique stuffs , it is also a fruit market.
This zoo is great! There are large, natural compounds for the animals to live in, plus a nocturnal house so you can see all those native Australian animals who only hang out at night.
If you like zoos, you'll like this one.