Win a fam­ily pass to Perth Zoo

Pinjarra Murray Times - - FRONT PAGE -

PERTH Zoo is turn­ing 120 and to cel­e­brate, it is bring­ing back some of the old­est an­i­mals to walk the planet: di­nosaurs.

The ex­hi­bi­tion will also show­case Aus­tralian pre­his­toric megafauna for the first time in the world.

Perth Zoo ‘di­nosaur keeper’ Suzi Dolan said Aus­tralian megafauna in­cluded gi­ant tor­toises, gi­ant wom­bats and mar­su­pial lions.

“They’ve never been seen be­fore, so it is a coup for Perth to be able to show them off be­fore these ex­tinct Aus­tralian na­tive an­i­mals tour around the coun­try,” she said.

Ms Dolan said the ex­hi­bi­tion would ed­u­cate the pub­lic about species ex­tinc­tion.

“Every­one loves di­nosaurs and they share many char­ac­ter­is­tics with to­day’s amaz­ing an­i­mals, but ex­tinc­tion doesn’t have to be one of them,” she said.

“To un­der­stand their story is to un­der­stand the need to pro­tect to­day’s species from the same fate.”

The cost of the ex­hi­bi­tion is cov­ered in the zoo ticket, but the cel­e­bra­tions will also in­clude paid ac­tiv­i­ties such as Playleo­zone, where chil­dren can un­cover di­nosaur fos­sils in the sand, and Park Eye to Eye, a pre­his­toric tour of the zoo to learn about ex­tinc­tion and how to save wildlife.

The ex­hi­bi­tion is from Septem­ber 15 to Jan­uary 20.

Com­mu­nity News is giv­ing away 85 fam­ily passes for the Perth Zoo this school hol­i­days. To en­ter, go to com­mu­ni­tynews.com.au/ win.

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