Pair tells tales of the un­tamed

Southern Gazette (South Perth) - - South Perth -

Si­mone Vi­tali has been the se­nior vet at Perth Zoo for more than 15 years, so she knows a thing or two about an­i­mals.

At an event to­mor­row, she and Perth Zoo board mem­ber Ni­cole Moody will share their sto­ries of be­ing “wild women”.

While Dr Vi­tali will dis­cuss life as a vet deal­ing with some of the “wild women” at the zoo, Ms Moody will talk about her re­cent trip to Su­ma­tra to ex­pe­ri­ence the projects the WA com­mu­nity funds through Perth Zoo.

Ms Moody spent about a week deep in the jun­gle with no elec­tric­ity, no run­ning wa­ter and no toi­lets but said the ex­pe­ri­ence was “amaz­ing.”

“We saw a cou­ple of projects that are funded by the com­mu­nity here, in­clud­ing the Su­ma­tra rhi­nos,” she said.

“There are less than 200 of them left in the wild so we went to look at the sanc­tu­ar­ies there.”

One of the high­lights of the trip was vis­it­ing the orang-utan jun­gle school.

She said there were two projects funded there, one in which the orangutans were res­cued and taught to be wild again, and one in which they were re­leased to the wild and tracked.

“It was so amaz­ing to see th­ese orang-utans, who had vir­tu­ally been pets, taught jun­gle skills and then re­leased,” she said.

“Some of them had gone on to have ba­bies which is great.”

“It was so fan­tas­tic to go along and ac­tu­ally see first­hand th­ese projects.”

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