Perth Zoo has many other attractions apart from the Australian Bushwalk that we covered in last week’s post! The zoo’s purpose as stated in its guide is “to inspire and act for wildlife conservation” . The conservation section on their web page gives more information.
“Perth Zoo is dedicated to saving wildlife and introduces the community to the wonder of animal species from around the world. We participate in a global community that breeds animals for wildlife conservation and we raise funds to support our work. Research at Perth Zoo directly supports efforts to conserve wildlife in their natural habitat and also supports our commitment to the good health of Perth Zoo’s animals.”
One aspect we’ve always liked about the zoo is the way they try to recreate the animals’ natural habitat as much as possible. Broadly speaking, apart from the Australian Bushwalk, there is an Australian Wetlands area, an African Savannah and an Asian Rainforest section. Since we were on the run anyway, chasing after our little granddaughter La Petite, I’ll give you a whistle stop tour of these enclosures and some of their residents!
Off we go through the “wetlands”!
We spent a long time in the Penguin enclosure as La Petite was fascinated by the water and wanted to have a splash (not a good idea) so moving right along we came across a fine looking water bird!
Next we ventured into crocodile country!
After our walk through the Australian Bushwalk, which you can read more about here and a quick snack from the quaintly named Meerkats Cafe, we headed off to one of my particular favourites, the African Savannah. Apart from the zebras, who must have been having a snooze somewhere, we saw most of the local residents.
One of La Petite’s favourite books contains a rhyme about a yellow giraffe, so we spent quite a bit of time at the giraffe enclosure!
We lingered watching the giraffes a while so missed the African Painted Dog and the Meerkat enclosure but we did spy the Galapagos Tortoise who is rather magnificent!
Educational programmes are an important part of Perth Zoo’s work and schools can book for lessons in the Discovery and Learning Rooms. This poster is at one of the entrances to the Asian Rainforest.
We paused briefly with the Orangutans who have a wonderful enclosure to swing around in!
Then we had a rest in the viewing area for the elephant enclosure. The elephants at Perth Zoo are all Asian ones – we are in the Asian Rainforest now!
We have always loved seeing Tricia the elephant who is now the matriarch of the Perth Zoo Herd. We first saw her in 1990 and she is still going strong. She didn’t appear to be in her enclosure on our most recent visit but we had a real treat on one of our previous visits when she walked right past us being led along by her trainers for her daily constitutional round the zoo!
Tricia is one of the icons of the zoo and will shortly celebrate her 58th birthday on 24th January 2015! Here you can read up more about the party for her 57th birthday last year. One of Tricia’s favourite activities is painting – apparently elephants are natural artists who will pick up sticks with their trunks in the wild and create doodles in the mud. The zoo sells the elephants’ work to help raise funds for conservation as in the wild the elephants are under threat from habitat destruction and poaching.
And that just about concludes our tour of Perth Zoo though there is plenty more to see – I certainly haven’t been able to include everything! If you are going to be in Perth a while becoming a “Zoo Friend” is an excellent idea. You get unlimited free Zoo entry for a year (except for ticketed events) and a 10% discount at Perth Zoo’s cafes and shop. The shop is a great place to find presents and souvenirs.
Due to time constraints we missed out on seeing the tigers who are an important part of the Asian Rainforest area. We did however see them on our last visit when the tiger spied La Petite through the glass (thank goodness!) and made a beeline for her. It was incredible how it instinctively went for the most vulnerable member of our party. We took a couple of photos but didn’t capture the moment he/she bared his teeth at her – it was quite scary even from behind the glass and terrified poor La Petite! We weren’t therefore in a hurry to go back there this time and will make sure it is not mealtime if we do!
Talking of food we were feeling rather hungry ourselves by this point and headed off for a late lunch at the Windsor Hotel South Perth. More to come on South Perth’s Heritage Trail next week!
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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