Pair tells tales of the untamed
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.”