Breed­ing pro­gram gets boost

Southern Gazette (South Perth) - - Front Page -

PERTH Zoo hopes to ex­pand its pop­u­la­tion of cas­sowaries and tree kan­ga­roos thanks to a new and im­proved rain­for­est ex­hibit.

En­vi­ron­ment Min­is­ter Al­bert Ja­cob was on hand last week to take a first-hand look at the im­proved en­clo­sures and sup­port the zoo’s global breed­ing pro­gram of en­dan­gered an­i­mals.

Perth Zoo is home to one male and two fe­male south­ern cas­sowaries and this new ex­hibit will give keep­ers a chance to eas­ily in­tro­duce the large birds dur­ing breed­ing sea­son.

“It also gives zoo staff the op­por­tu­nity to learn more about the breed­ing be­hav­iours of th­ese an­i­mals be­cause so lit­tle is known about how or why they choose their mates,” Mr Ja­cob said.

The ad­di­tional space will also al­low Perth Zoo to bring over a male tree kan­ga­roo from the Gold Coast to mate with the two fe­males cur­rently in the zoo.

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