Le Chic En Rose

Diaries of an independent traveller

Ever since we first came to Perth (in 1990 how time flies!) Perth Zoo has been a popular attraction. When our daughters were small it was always a very enjoyable family outing, as was Melbourne Zoo when we moved over east for a few years. Since returning to Perth in 2001 our girls have grown up and flown the nest! Until our granddaughter La Petite came along nearly 2 years ago, my trips to the zoo were mostly confined to school excursions when I worked in early childhood education for several years. These excursions were always a bit stressful! I didn’t fancy having to tell any parents that their offspring was last seen patting the nice big friendly lions – there always seemed to be one budding escape artist in every group!

Now we have an excellent excuse to visit on a regular basis once more, although really we shouldn’t need an excuse at all! So on New Year’s Eve we set off on an outing to the zoo with an excited La Petite and her mum, La Chic Maman. Perth Zoo is in a superb location in South Perth situated on the French-sounding Labouchere Road. We drove and parked behind the historic Windsor Hotel but if you were a visitor to Perth I’d highly recommend taking the ferry from Barrack Street Jetty on the Perth City bank of the Swan River. Once you arrive on the South Perth side, make the short walk on foot from the Mends Street Jetty to the zoo, which is no more than 10 minutes away.

La Petite is quite indefatigable for one so small and we covered an awful lot of ground in the 3 hours or so that we were there, so that in the end I came home with nearly 250 photos. The zoo is situated in a broad circle with the various large sections fanning off from the central lawn. In order to do it justice (and to help me collate my Darwinian photographic collection) I’ll break the sections down into separate posts. First up a perennial favourite of adults and small children alike, the “Australian Bushwalk”.

This exhibit aims to recreate a typical bushwalk habitat and although you obviously can’t touch any of the animals, you are able to get quite close to them. Apart from a few exceptions such as the dingo enclosure, for the most part there are no glass barriers between visitors and the animals.

 

I had to take the photo of the Boab treeΒ information sign through the mesh fence! This unusual looking tree is unique to Western Australia’s Kimberly region (in the far North West of the state a distance of approximately 2000 kilometres from Perth). It was used by the traditional people of the area in a number of ways for shelter, food and medicine.

Nearer to Perth in WA’s south west region, one can find the Numbat, a highly endangered indigeneous species. Perth Zoo, in its conservation role, is playing an important part in helping to preserve the existence of this small marsupial. We did actually see a little Numbat darting backwards and forwards around its enclosure but due to its clever camouflage and ability to scamper about all over the place, I couldn’t get a decent photo of it – it is hiding at the back of this photo under a bush I promise you!

 

Numbat enclosure Perth Zoo - he/she is hiding at the back of the photo!

Numbat enclosure Perth Zoo – he/she is hiding at the back of the photo!

And this is a photo of what it actually looks like with some more information!

A picture of the elusive numbat and some information on the conservation programme at Perth Zoo!

A picture of the elusive numbat and some information on the conservation programme at Perth Zoo!

According to the Perth Zoo website, “Numbats are insectivores and eat an exclusive diet of termites. An adult Numbat requires up to 20,000 termites each day”! For a fascinating insight into hand rearing baby Numbats, follow the link here to watch Perth Zoo’s video on their breeding programme!

By this stage La Petite had decided she’d had enough and so we raced through the rest of the Australian Bushwalk at something of a record speed. The Koalas were obviously dozy from their latest meal of eucalyptus leaves as they seemed quite unperturbed by her rather vocal tantrum as she decided that running away from Grandpapa Le Chic was preferable to the confinement of her stroller (she’s a big girl now after all!).

We were incredibly fortunate to come across a wombat out of its burrow. In all the years we’ve been visiting zoos, we have only ever seen wombats fast asleep in their burrows, apart from a memorable day out years ago at a wildlife sanctuary in Eastern Tasmania. This one must have been taking advantage of the cooler conditions (after a very hot day the day before when it had reached 39 degrees) to take a constitutional round his/her enclosure!

Perth Zoo first opened in 1898 and among its many attractions is a Heritage Trail, which takes you on a tour of the zoo’s historic sites. There is a walking map of the trail available either to download online or you can pick up a free copy from the Information Centre when you visit Perth Zoo. One of the historical attractions is the old Hay Shed situated near the exit of the Australian Bushwalk. This building, part of the original zoo structure, now forms the entrance to the Rainforest Retreat.

Just before you enter the Australian Bushwalk enclosure there is an interesting reminder of why it’s probably not a good idea to let your pet cat roam free!

Information poster at the entrance to the Australian Bushwalk section at Perth Zoo

Information poster at the entrance to the Australian Bushwalk section at Perth Zoo

I can thoroughly recommend the Australian Bushwalk. It has been developed over the years since we’ve been coming to Perth Zoo and has evolved into an excellent attraction. Here’s a sneak preview of one of the other main sections at Perth Zoo, the African Savannah! It’s a tough life being a lion some days!

Lions relaxing in their enclosure at Perth Zoo

Lions relaxing in their enclosure at Perth Zoo

For more interesting and diverse walks around the world head over to Restless Jo and join her for her weekly Monday Walk!

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35 thoughts on “Zoo Tales From Perth Part 1: Australian Bushwalk

  1. restlessjo says:

    I was peering so hard at those bushes, trying to see the Numbat! I’d never even heard of them, but they look just as good at hide and seek as squirrels (and they always manage to give me the slip! They pause, smile at the camera, and just as I’m about to click, vanish πŸ™‚ ) Many thanks for taking me out in the heat of the day, Rosemay. I’ve kind of forgotten how it feels πŸ™‚

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    1. Thanks Jo I can’t spot him in the picture either but he was definitely there! Numbats do remind me a bit of squirrels I know just what you mean trying to take photos of them is nigh on impossible! I thought I’d got one but then as you can see he disappeared on me! Am glad I could give you a zoo tour in the sunshine we are having lovely weather these last couple of days not too hot just right πŸ™‚ Hope you have a lovely weekend! πŸ™‚

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  2. KerryCan says:

    This looks like a wonderful place to visit! I especially like the photos of the animals–never heard of a numbat before and they are so cute!

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    1. Thanks Kerry! Yes Perth Zoo is a lovely spot and I’ve been coming here for many years now – it’s a very pleasant location too near the Swan River. I tried to take as many photos as I could – many were taken on the run as we were looking after our little granddaughter! The Numbats are very cute but rather elusive when it comes to taking photos hence I had to resort to the poster! I hadn’t heard of them either until I moved to Australia – they are only found in the south west corner of Western Australia too. Fortunately conservation is being done to help preserve them as they have become endangered. If you get a chance to watch the link to the Perth Zoo video it is priceless – the zoo keeper hand feeds the little Numbat baby a tiny bottle of milk it’s so adorable! Wishing you a lovely weekend πŸ™‚

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  3. Sounds like a super day out Rosemary – as well as all the animals it looks gorgeous, the landscaping is stunning. Love the idea of the heritage trail – right up my street!

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    1. It’s a great day out Joy and has something for everyone! I really like Perth Zoo as they do try and reproduce the animals natural habitats as much as possible (obviously that’s quite easy for the Australian ones) but they have an excellent African Savannah section and Asian Rainforest area too (though Perth is not really humid so I imagine they have to heavily water that bit). The grounds are lovely so it is a great place just to walk around. You would love the heritage trail – Perth’s history in terms of European settlement is relatively recent (1898 is quite historical) but has been preserved well in various places despite the modern developments in the city and suburbs. If you ever find yourself in Perth I can thoroughly recommend the zoo and there’s more to come! Have a lovely weekend too πŸ™‚

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  4. I never get tired of zoo or botanical gardens. It’s always nice to learn new stuff about local animals or plants ! I was really shocked to hear that Australia’s Koalas have Chlamydia, and apparently it is a real problem. I’ve heard they are trying to develop a vaccine to protect the wild koalas, do you have more information about that by any chance ? In any way, the Australian fauna looks amazing and I hope I will be able to see it one day πŸ™‚

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    1. Hi Gin I’m exactly the same have always loved zoos and botanical gardens and we have some great ones in Australia (I’ve been to Taronga Zoo in Sydney and Melbourne Zoo as well). Adelaide Zoo now has giant pandas so I’ll have to try and go there on day to see them! Unfortunately Chlamydia has become a big problem for the Koalas as it can cause blindness and infertility. This along with habitat destruction is one of the leading causes of death for them. I found this site https://http://www.savethekoala.com/about-koalas/koala-habitat so hope the link works but the website is http://www.savethekoala.com and it can tell you more. Some Queensland scientists have been working on a Chlamydia vaccine for Koalas for the past 5 years and started field trials last year, which have initially been successful but they need more funding to continue – the Australian government has contributed some funds but they need about $2.5 million to make a real difference fast! Hope you can visit Australia one day and see all the native fauna for yourself – it is certainly an amazing site to see the animals in their natural habitat! Enjoy the rest of your wonderful trip to Lapland too! πŸ™‚

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      1. I’m back home, holiday are over πŸ™‚ I’ll try to post more about my amazing time over there as soon as I can πŸ™‚

        Thanks for the information about the koalas. I hope the field trials will be successful.

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        1. Hi Gin yes hope the field trials will be successful it’a quite a serious problem especially in the wild for the koalas 😦 You sound to have had a wonderful time on holiday looking forward to reading more! Lapland would be lovely right now it’s been 44 degrees here today in Perth apparently the 3rd hottest January day on record! It will be cooler soon though πŸ™‚

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          1. It’s difficult for me to imagine being in 44Β°c right now. I hope it will cool down quickly !

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            1. It’s certainly very hot and most places have air conditioning – we have it in part of the house and we have a pool like a lot of houses here πŸ˜ƒ Fortunately it has cooled down to just over 30 degrees now which feels more pleasant πŸ˜ƒ It is a dry heat too which is much better than being humid I’m ok until it goes above mid thirties then it gets too hot for me. It’s due to cool down a fair bit by end of the week πŸ˜ƒ I can’t imagine how cold it must have been in Lapland in comparison!

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            2. Dry air is always better to cope with, and if you have a swimming pool to cool down a bit.. nice ! πŸ™‚

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            3. Yes as long as it’s not humid I find I can cope – I feel much worse in tropical climates or damp cold ones! Having said that I’m glad it is a bit cooler today and it will gradually cool down so maximum is going to be 29 on Friday (and minimum 13) much better especially as that means the winds are blowing from the south west and the sea breeze will be back! I realise this might sound a bit odd to anyone in Europe at the moment in the winter – we think it’s cold when it goes below 20 and we are all in cardigans and need a blanket to sit outside! πŸ™‚

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            4. haha, yes, it sounds a bit odd ! I had a friend who lived in DubaΓ― for 10 years, and she was wearing a jumper when it’s was 15-18Β°C outside πŸ˜‰ Crazy πŸ˜‰

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            5. We wear jumpers here when it is 15 to 18 degrees it feels cool and below 15 is freezing! I would have a scarf and boots on too it’s interesting how you adjust to different climatic conditions! πŸ™‚

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            6. haha ! Yeah, very interesting πŸ™‚

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  5. Sartenada says:

    What a tropical paradise You have. Wonderful animal photos.

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    1. Thank you very much Matti! We are very lucky living in Perth it is a beautiful part of the world and am glad you like the photos of the animals. You take wonderful photos on your blog I have just been over to visit – some lovely ones of Finland! Thanks very much for calling by and visiting my blog too and hope to see you here again soon πŸ™‚

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  6. Amy says:

    What a fascinating bushwalk, Rosemay! These are great photos. Sorry I have not visited you for a while, I just came back from my winter break a couple days ago.

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    1. Hello Amy! welcome back from your winter break hope you had a lovely time and a wonderful festive season! That’s quite ok I’m happy to have you visiting now and am so glad you like the bushwalk it’s an excellent activity to do at Perth Zoo πŸ™‚ There was so much to do there that I’ve had to break it all down into separate posts so there’s more to come! Happy New Year and will look forward to reading your posts in 2015 and thanks so much for your support of my blog too! Have a lovely week πŸ™‚

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  7. Heyjude says:

    Popped over from Jo’s blog to visit Perth zoo. I was in Taronga Zoo a few weeks ago, but it left me quite disappointed as it seems rather tired now. The best thing about it is the ferry ride and the view! But this zoo looks interesting – lovely photos!
    Jude xx

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    1. Hello Jude thanks so much for visiting my blog and am glad you found it through Jo’s Monday Walk:) I will be heading over shortly to visit your blog too! I went to Taronga Zoo quite a few years ago now and the main thing I remember is the view too. I really like Perth Zoo and feel it has improved a lot over the past 10 years or so as there was a time when it was looking a bit tired too. It’s really a great place to visit now and there is so much to see and do that I couldn’t cover it all in one post so there will be more to come. I just kept snapping away and hoped the photos came out (we were chasing after our granddaughter a lot at the time too!). Lovely to have met you and thanks again for visiting, warm wishes Rosemary! πŸ™‚

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  8. Sam Rappaz says:

    What a brilliant place! I want to visit it now. I love botanical and zoological gardens. There are quite a few here in Switzerland. I should write more about them. πŸ™‚ My father-in-law would love the cat informational board. He chases them away from his gardens with a vengeance. He’s an amateur ornithologist and wildlife photographer. I don’t think he despises any creature as much as domestic cats.

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    1. It’s a great place to visit Sam πŸ™‚ I would love to hear about the botanical and zoological gardens in Switzerland too πŸ™‚ I went to a lovely zoo in Innsbruck Austria called the Alpenzoo once – it was so interesting I will do a post on it one day! I love cats but understand the destruction they can cause so our present cat who’s just over 1 is an indoor cat though we may get a cat run set up for her at the side of the house where she can’t escape! I still have another post to do on Perth Zoo this week since there was so much to do there! πŸ™‚

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      1. Sam Rappaz says:

        Yay! More Zoo stuff. I just saw the ‘Part 1’. I look forward to it. My husband and I pet the neighbourhood cats but we don’t have pets (yet). 2015 may be the year! The next time I visit a zoo here I’ll make sure to take notes. Too bad I didn’t start this blog sooner. πŸ™‚

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        1. Yes definitely do a blog post next time you visit a zoo or botanical gardens Sam! Am looking forward to reading more of your posts this year and maybe you’ll get a pet this year too! πŸ™‚

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  9. colibrist says:

    Ohhh I loved the picture of the koala, so sad to hear about this sickness, I did not know.
    I read in a comment that Perth reached 44 degrees one week ago… Wow! I cannot imagine that, and I’m in the tropics.
    How is the weather in March? In Perth and Sydney? I’m thinking about visiting Australia (if I can find a not-so-expensive way to visit). Thanks!

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    1. Hi Laia thanks am glad you liked the koala picture – yes unfortunately chlamydia has become a serious problem for the koalas hopefully the vaccination programme will get more funding! Yes it was 44 degrees in central Perth on Monday actually it was only for a few hours it did cool down later in the day and since then it’s been more pleasant (around 30 degrees maximum these past few days and much cooler at night). It’s a dry heat which is better. I personally found Bali in the tropics far worse for example – even though the temperature was around the low thirties when we visited, the high humidity made it seem far less comfortable. January and February are the hottest months and March is the start of autumn. It will still be warm to hot in Perth but less likely to be extremely hot and the sea breeze should be in most days. Sydney likewise should be very pleasant at that time of year. If you need any info about Perth feel free to get in touch and if you do come here would be happy to meet up if you had time (though am off to Uk and Germany at the end of March for 4 weeks)! Western Australia covers a huge area and you might want to travel up north or down to the south west tip. Perth is very expensive there’s no denying that though but it is a beautiful part of the world! πŸ™‚

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      1. colibrist says:

        Thank you Rosemary for the information about Australia! Sorry for the late reply but it’s taken some time to figure out when & where to go next, which is not easy since there are so many interesting places to see!
        I have just sent you an email via the contact form (I found it was too long to post as comment).
        Thanks in advance, happy travels!

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        1. Hi Laia you’re very welcome and that’s no problem at all about taking a while to reply. I’ll check out my emails – the one I used for my blog is different I think from my everyday one. Was it lechicenrose @gmail.com? If so I’ll sign in find it and send you my personal email as I check that everyday whereas I hardly ever go on the other one! πŸ™‚

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          1. colibrist says:

            I sent the email via the contact form so I could not see to which address I sent it. If you cannot find it, you can send me your personal email via my contact form and I’ll write you there. Thanks! πŸ™‚

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            1. No problems Laia I’ve found it and your earlier one too. Many apologies for the delay in replying to your first one in December as I haven’t been checking that email but now know to do so!! I’ve also sent you my personal email too with my reply to your first email. Will send you some info in reply to your New Zealand enquiries soon I’ll have a think about it. My uncle lives in Christchurch and my cousin in Wellington so we had a bit of an advantage. Apart from the Tranzalpine trains we hired a car. Will send you a longer response by email soon sorry again for delay in checking my emails! Take care and happy travels Rosemary πŸ™‚

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