A look back at the Zoo

Southern Gazette (South Perth) - - News -

RE­MEM­BER when it cost you only 60 cents to bring your child to Perth Zoo.

That was 1985, when 405,984 peo­ple vis­ited the Perth Zoo, about 200,000 fewer than in 2011-12.

There were two ma­jor events that year.

On July 30, 1985, Perth Zoo opened its new an­i­mal hos­pi­tal. It cost $346,524 and was of­fi­cially opened by the Min­is­ter for Works, Lands and Sur­veys,

d432260 surgery, treat­ment room, lab­o­ra­tory, X-ray and iso­la­tion rooms for quar­an­tine and a kitchen to pre­pare all the spe­cial di­ets for the an­i­mals.

On Novem­ber 17, the Great Cats Ex­hibit was opened.

The ex­hibit was pro­vided through a public ap­peal and match­ing funds. Just over half a mil­lion dol­lars was raised.

The open­ing was at­tended by more than 8000 mem­bers of the com­mu­nity.

Pic­ture: Martin Ken­nealey

Perth Zoo’s pop­u­lar ele­phant Tricia.

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